Iran accused of plot to kill Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

October 19, 2011

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(AP/Susan Walsh)
U.S. officials say Iran plotted to kill Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, and possibly over 100 bystanders, at a busy D.C. restaurant.

The story seems pulled from a movie script: Last week, the U.S. government alleged that officials high up in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard concocted a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., with the help of a Mexican drug gang. Members of the Iranian security force, U.S. officials said, intended to detonate a bomb at a crowded restaurant in Washington D.C., killing the ambassador as well as over 100 bystanders.

We sit down and parse through the accusations with Trita Parsi, director of the National Iranian American Council. Born in Iran, Trita fled the country with his family at the age of four to escape political repression. He's an expert on diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran.