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. GonzoinHouston

    Saudi Arabia has exactly one way to play hardball with fellow OPEC members. They can jack up their oil production and flood the markets, driving prices 'way down. The lower price hurts Iran, which can't produce enough oil to make up for the price drop. Saudi Arabia has done this a couple of times in the past to force other OPEC members into line. If it happens, it will be bad for the oil companies, worse for alternate energy companies, but otherwise good for the rest of the US economy.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Christian Tran

      thank you for your insightful input.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      The only problem of lowering the oil price also hurt Saudi too and accomplish nothing. Iran will rather see its citizens suffer than bow to US and Saudi pressures. It will not work.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. cc

    This is the same Iran who is supporting the Occupy Wall Street people along with the Democrats, hmmmm

    October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      And you're a paranoid, brainwashed, moronic suckling of the far right.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • nick2

      You give even the lunatic right wing fringe – a bad name.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • the real cc

      Hmmmm. Actually, this is the Iran in cahoots with big oil and other big US business; not the little guy.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • jj5484

      You are an A$$. I am a republican and I can't believe you would write such mindless drivel. Wake up. Wall Street is forcing companies to think short-term gain instead of long-term growth and profits. AND it is costing America it's future.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Hoofleau

      Dumb remark.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • emaho

      WRONG!!! So totally wrong. Same stupid thinking that got us into the mess we're in.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • joe nunya

      Dude...take your meds.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • mcore

      Obviously, you just made that up. I've noticed that about far right weirdos like Glenn Beck – and you.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Well Iran has publicly supported the protestors and so have the Democrats

      October 12, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • acidrainbw

      yes, yes.. and Bush was behind 911 and Elvis is still alive have a party with 2pac and biggie o and almost forgot, the tears of Chuck Norris can cure cancer..... ok, so maybe that last one is true

      October 12, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • mcore

      I support them too. So by your insane non-logic, I'm an Iranian terrorist, right?

      October 12, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • stvnkrs10

      and your source of that information would be where? thank again for showing your gop logic. you betterhurry to the radio, isn't your idiot king rush limbaugh about to begin preaching?

      October 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Let me get this straight. Iran hasn't had diplomatic ties with the USA since 1979. Their charter calls for Israel's and America's destruction. They are building nuclear warheads and will use them at any cost. They failed to hatch a plan to assasinate the Saudi ambassador on American soil. But somehow, this is the Republicans fault??? Oh the lunacy of a liberal mindset. Nothing coherent ever comes out of their mouths. Mr. Ahamadenijad, you are poking a hornets nest. Don't press your luck. There could be nuclear armed submarines at your doorstep in a matter of hours.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • nick2

      now where do you get that nonsense from ????

      October 12, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul K.

      @David What makes you think the subs aren't already there?

      October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • 2011cnn2011

      both democrats and republicans have idiots....lets be AMERICA!

      October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I'd be more than willing to bet the submarines are already there.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • paol

      Are you drunk? Where do you come up with someone blaming Republicans. I'm a Democrat and would love to blame Republicans but I haven't read anything that even mentions Republicans. You're just plain weird.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Jeez, how did you come to the conclusion that this is all the Republicans fault?
      Stop playing victim here will you.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • joe nunya

      you, and the other whackjob, cc – go take your medication.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. wayne

    A coordinated attack on iran by Saudi Arabia and Israel would be a wonderful thing.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • the real cc

      "Like"

      October 12, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Have to agree...that would be cool.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. G

    Are you people kidding. You thing Saudi Arabia is any friend to the US ... outside the Royal family? this is just the US trying to get these 2 mutts to fight each other. pretty weak effort to IMHO. You all though Pakistan was your ally too! >!< These 2 countries are the Source of almost all the fundamentalist that are causing this trouble all over the world.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Grouping Saudi Arabi with Iran is a hilariously misinformed way to look at the region. Iranians are not Arabs, they are Persians. Iranians are by and large Shiities, Saudis are mainly Sunis. Both countries have conservative regimes but the resemblance ends there.

      Most of the Arab countries in the Middle East (aside from Syria) view Iran as a meddling source of discord and are terrified of the idea of Iran with nuclear weapons.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. GvilleT

    So the USA KNOWS (it's a proven fact), that terrorists are reaching out to the drug cartels in Mexico, yet the borders remain totally insecure. Things that make you go hummmmm.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Reynaldo

      you mean hmmmm?

      October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    HOLDER WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET HIS DUMB A** OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tank2

    Down with Iran!

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

    How do we know that the whole thing isn't a set up for us to have an excuse to invade Iran or depose their leader. It's so hard to trust our own government. So now that we're pulling out of one country (after 10 years) we're just itching to send our boys to their deaths in another mid-eastern hell hole.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • paol

      Good one Barbara, we want to invade Iran......that's hilarious.

      October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marcus

    I want to see the proof. Let me listen to the tape of the undercover agent. Show the bank draft with money from Iran. Show me that the Iranian government is behind this alleged attack. Show me the proof or else the US government is lying to us again.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Rodeoguy

      Oberry and Holder should be impeached, charged and sent to prison just like everyone says Bush and Chaney should have been!

      October 12, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. william

    I didn't read anywhere in the Prince's comment that he expected anyone to take care of his business. I never knew Prince Turki while I was there but he had a reputation as being a good guy and definitely worth his salt.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. AKitchen

    Question everything. Don't believe a word just because OUR government says something. Don't buy into fear, don't surrender your civil liberties. Do Not support the military industrial complex and buy into war propaganda. You have the right to question your public officials and media.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. boogietime

    Lets just seize ships transporting Iranian oil.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    JUST WAIT UNTIL people like our own Mr.FAREED ZAKARIA includes this too under his mile long list of Muslim grievances against America..... for the simple reason that the plot ALSO involved killing of the ISRAELI Ambassador !!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    I can hear it now, President of Iran "There are no terrorists in Iran"

    October 12, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
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