US officials say the consequences for Iran over an alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington are going to be what they described as “serious.”
The main suspect, 56 year old Mansour Arbabsiar, appeared in court on Tuesday.In the wake of the claims, the US Treasury has accused commercial Iranian airline Mahan Air of providing logistical and financial support for Iran’s elite forces.
“Consequences for Iran are going to be serious because they have not only decided to assassinate someone, they have taken on the very basis with which nations deal with one another,” said US Vice President Joe Biden.
“It’s critically important that we unite the world in the isolation of and dealing with the Iranians that’s the most, the surest way to be able to get results,” he added.
Tehran has described the allegations that it planned to assasinate the Saudi Arabia ambassador as “mischevious.”
One Iranian analyst said the claims will have serious repercussions.
“In my opinion this will have a huge impact on
US-Iran relations. This will take the already convulsive relationship to a whole new level,” said Saeed Laylaz, speaking from Tehran.
“My forecast before this revelation and last night’s accusation was that there’s a possibility of military confrontation in 2012.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has drawn attention to the protests taking place in Wall Street, in New York.
A focus, according to one news agency, that effectively accused the US of trying to divert the world’s eyes from its economic problems at home.