October 12th, 2011
12:29 PM ET

Clinton: 'Iran must be held accountable'

Editor's note:  The U.S. Justice Department says the FBI and the DEA have disrupted a plot involving Iran to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and commit other attacks. Two men one arrested, the other at large have been charged in connection with the alleged plot, which the Justice Department says was directed by elements of the Iranian government.

The Justice Department says one of the men Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen holding an Iranian passport arranged to hire for the assassination someone in Mexico who he thought was an associate of a drug trafficking cartel. The person in Mexico actually was a DEA confidential source who was posing as a cartel associate, the Justice Department says.

Here are the latest developments in the story on Wednesday:

[Posted at 12:29 p.m. ET] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the alleged attempted assassination of Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador by Iranian operatives is the "kind of reckless act" which "undermines international norms and the international system."

"Iran must be held accountable," Clinton said.

Clinton said the U.S. government will continue to work to isolate the Iranian regime.

[Posted at 11:48 a.m. ET] Mahan Air, an Iranian commercial airline, has been sanctioned by the United States for its ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

[Posted at 7:27 a.m. ET]  Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal said he believes "someone in Iran is going to have to pay the price" for the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Al-Faisal, a key member of the royal family, was speaking at conference in London Wednesday. Al-Faisal's representatives said the remark was his personal view and not the official Saudi position.

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  1. keith

    when he means that Iran will pay i hope it is with Saudi troops and not us Americans

    October 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      agreed, I do not understand why we help the house of saud, we have more oil then they do, they are a thiestic nation, and they are responsable for 9/11. Stop all aid to the house of saud.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    ummm...mrs. clinton, perhaps we should back off a little for a while and stop threatening and policing the world on our tax money until the economy improves a little and I am able to find a job and get out of my mothers basement once again. thanks.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I wonder why CNN did not put the film clip of Hillary stating, "we came, we saw, he died!" and then cackling in response to Qadaffi's death. Does anyone find this as astounding as I did?

      October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Royce

    The "axis of evil" takes on many forms. A plot to kill such as described is short of an act of war. Iran has been begging
    for confrontation over the years and before this thing settles may recieve what it is wishing for. The Saudi's are not going to let this pass, because they would not save face with the rest of the world. Isreal is a peace loving Country, but Iran won't let it alone. Don't be supprised if either country taks Iran out so the rest of the world can live in peace.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chimo

      Actuallt royce, I was thinking that it would be pretty cool if somehow the Israelis and the Saudis put together a Saudi/Israeli hit team and take out Ahmadenijad or the ayatollah

      October 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. Joel

      Long over due.

      November 3, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. john

    aren't we the same country that tried to off castro?

    October 31, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shaun O.

    Syria, Iran and North Korea, in that order. End the global slow kill agenda. Stop the CHEMTRAILS NOW ! Warning: HAARP event Nov 1 2011, natural disaster pending, date possibly Dec 6, 2011. Massive in scale. Warning. Stop the madness. AIr Force – storm the airports, ground the planes, waterboard all people involved, destroy the chemical and biological factories. Get the guillotines ready.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaun O.

      Have a look at the angel in the sky after the HAARP event Nov 1 , 2011. http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/25/8474218-northern-lights-go-way-way-south

      November 2, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Absynthe

    How many fingers do Iranian-Americans have in the pie of the American Apple, one wonders? Perhaps they've invested much money here? This may be trickier than we think...follow the yellow brick road.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marisha Mccally

    Manhattan's diversity is reflected in its various sub-neighborhoods. Here, you can get a flavor of the unique living experience each has to offer from Little Italy to Hudson Heights, including subway, bus & school information.

    January 5, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. 2011cnn2011

    REALLY? THAN YOU CAN PAY MY BILLS...

    October 12, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hugo

    2011cnn2011 – who is the "you" that you are expecting to pay your bills? Could you at least be clear with your use of pronouns? Please?

    October 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. ThinkLessDoMore

    lol

    October 12, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tewrobert

    I think its a TRICK question eh?

    October 12, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Geronimo, NYC

    He [or she] meant you Hugo. You replied so you gotto take all the responsibilities.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
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