Iran's Ahmadinejad Denies Plot to Try to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador on US Soil

October 19, 2011 - 12:57 AM
Mideast Irans Shadow Force

In this Sept. 22, 2011 photo, members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard march in front of the mausoleum of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, during armed an forces parade marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Iraq-Iran war. Among the many mysteries inside Iran's ruling hierarchy, the Quds Force, which sits atop the vast military and industrial network of the Revolutionary Guard, has a special place in the shadows. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed U.S. accusations that Iranian government agents plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States.

The charges were a "new U.S. scenario", the president said Sunday in remarks carried by the official IRNA news agency. Iranians were civilized and had no need to resort to assassination, he said.

His statement follows a similar dismissal by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on Saturday called the allegations "absurd and meaningless."

Two men, including a member of Iran's special foreign actions unit known as the Quds Force, have been charged in New York federal court with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador, Adel Al-Jubeir.

Iran's Foreign Ministry had previously called the claims a "prefabricated scenario" and a "ridiculous show."