Adding more strain to the countries already tenuous relationship, reports have surfaced about a plan by Iran to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. The findings lead to new calls from the U.S. for sanctions against the Islamic republic as it tries to further isolate itself from the international community, The Associated Press reports.
Vice President Joe Biden recently spoke about the impact that the assassination plans will have on the two countries' relationship going forward, but stopped short of saying that the United States would take any steps beyond sanctions. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also discussed the implications of the plot.
"This really, in the minds of many diplomats and government officials, crosses a line that Iran needs to be held to account for," she told the AP, adding that it is imperative for the Obama administration to enlist the support of more countries as they deal with Iran.
The assassination plot was revealed after two men were arrested, one of whom belonged to Iran's special operations unit. They believe that their plan was to bomb the Saudi ambassador and that they were working through a Mexican drug cartel. Despite the plans, no bombs were ever placed near the Saudi embassy in Washington.
"These individuals had no regard for their intended victim, no regard for innocent citizens who might have been hurt or killed in this attempted assassination," FBI director Robert Mueller told reporters, according to CBS News.
In response to the allegations, Iran has been steadfast in its denial. Alizreza Miryusefi, the press attache for the country said that the accusations have been baseless and later criticized it as a "childish game."