The United States said Tuesday it had foiled a plot by the Iranian government to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C., and assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir on American soil.
According to U.S. officials, an American citizen working for the Iranian government offered $1.5 million to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
The suspect, 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen Manssor Arbabsiar, allegedly confessed to his participation in the plot, acting under direction from Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps.
A second man, Gholam Shakuri, is also being linked to the alleged plot.
"The complaint alleges that this conspiracy was conceived, sponsored, and directed from Iran and constitutes a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law," Attorney General Eric Holder said.
"The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions," he said.
Iranian officials are denying any involvement in the plot.
An aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the allegations as a "prefabricated scenario" designed to "turn public attention away from domestic problems within the United States."
Holder noted that "high-up officials" and "an integral part of the Iranian government were responsible for this plot."
Should this be considered an act of war? CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck gave more insight on the foiled plot and how it impacts the already difficult U.S.-Iran relationship.
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