President Barack Obama said that Iran will “pay a price” through sanctions and international pressure for its recent hostile behavior including the alleged Iran-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. in Washington, D.C.
Echoing previous statements by top U.S. officials, Obama said that when dealing with Iran, “We don’t take any options off the table,” but did not make any mention of possible military action in favor of pushing harsh economic sanctions and corralling international condemnation of Iran’s alleged action.
Obama declined to comment on whether he believed the highest levels of the Iranian government were aware or involved in the alleged plot, but said even if the Iranian president or supreme leader did not have “detailed operational knowledge, there has to be accountability with respect to anybody in the Iranian government engaging in this kind of activity.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday the DEA and FBI had disrupted a plot “conceived, sponsored and… directed from Iran” to murder the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. in or outside a crowded Washington, D.C. restaurant which potentially would have been followed up by bombings of the Saudi Arabian and Israeli embassies. The U.S. said an Iranian-American, 56-year-old Manssor Arbabsiar of Corpus Christi, Texas, was working for elements of the Iranian government — specifically Iran’s elite military unit the Quds force — when he attempted to hire hitmen from the feared Zetas Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit, but Arbabsiar was unwittingly speaking to a DEA informant from the start.
The terrorista are all around us! Beware at all times!