The U.S. has charged two men with conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, alleging Iran was behind the plot, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced.
The target was Saudi ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir. The plot also allegedly involved an attack on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.
Update at 5:57 p.m. ET: The Iranian Foreign Ministry "strongly rejected" the U.S. allegation that Tehran was behind the plot, calling it "a prefabricated scenario which is totally unfounded," the Fars News Agency reports.
"Such worn-out approaches which are based on the old hostile policies of the American-Zionist axis are a humorous act and part of the special scenarios staged and pursued by the enemies of Islam and the region to sow discord (among Muslims)," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said in a statement late tonight.
Fars said Mehman-Parast also "condemned all terrorist attacks" and concluded his statement by underscoring that "relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arab are based on mutual respect and such unreal and unfounded allegations would leave no impact on the world public opinion."