Saudis Push for UN Vote on Assassination Plot

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia on Wednesday pressed for adoption of a U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning the alleged Iranian plot to kill its ambassador to the United States.

Abdulmohsen Alyas, the Saudi U.N. mission's spokesman said his delegation hoped for a vote Friday by the 193-nation assembly.

The draft resolution, circulated by the Saudis and discussed with U.N. members Wednesday, does not directly accuse Iran of involvement, but urges Tehran “to comply with all of its obligations under international law” by cooperating with inquiries.

In October, U.S. officials accused two suspects — Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri — of conspiring to carry out a $1.5 million plot by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds force to kill Saudi envoy Adel al-Jubeir by bombing a Washington restaurant.

Arbabsiar pleaded not guilty to the charges in a New York court. Shakuri is at large and is believed to be in Iran.

Iran has categorically rejected any involvement in the case and sent a letter to the U. S. seeking an apology and compensation for the allegations.