Iran summons Swiss diplomat over 'mischievous' US plot claim
Iran's foreign ministry Wednesday summoned the Swiss charge d'affaires to "strongly" protest at US claims that Tehran plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, the state television website reported.
The Swiss mission in Tehran handles US interests as Washington has had no diplomatic ties with Iran for more than three decades.
The move came as Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi became the highest ranking official in Tehran to reject as "mischievous" the US claims.
"America has launched a mischievous scenario. But be certain, they will apologise (to Iran) in the future," Salehi told reporters after a cabinet session, Iran's Arabic-language Alalam channel reported.
Salehi followed the stand by Iranian government officials and lawmakers that Tehran had no part in the plot, which they said was a ploy to divert attention from US woes at home and in the Middle East.
"America has launched this diversion because of its internal problems," Salehi said, adding that Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia were "good."
US authorities said Tuesday that two Iranians -- one also holding US citizenship -- were part of a plot "conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran" to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in a bomb attack.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said "the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions" in the alleged plot.
Iran's state television website report, quoting an unnamed official, added: "Since the victory of the Islamic revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been the main victim of terrorist actions by terrorist groups which are supported by America."
© 2011 AFP