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. EternalOptimist

    Manssor needs a good Jewish Lawyer asap!!

    October 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. JOE

    dark paul

    So I guess you voted for the Bush administration that gave us two wars, alot of dead American soldiers and the worst economic crisis in America since the great Depression and an unemployment epidemic spreading across America like the bubonic plague right? Well, its dumb, ignorent, easily misled and complacent idiots like you who are responsible for our downfall in the first place. You people never use facts. No, your intelligence is the hate behind your rhetoric and reasoning. I'll pray for people like you.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • scobby

      Congress gave us 2 wars during the Bush Administration-go ahead and double check who voted in support of those wars.
      Obama gave us a 3rd without congressional approval.
      epidemic spending...Obama
      financial crisis-Clinton's support of gov't backed home loans to unqualified buyers. Barney Frank's lack of oversight of Fannie and Freddie. Along with us morons who actually took the loans.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      'Yu takin to me?"

      October 12, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      haha, nice, except, you talk about complacency and then you say you'll pray for someone. That's that ultimate form of complacency, hehehe.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • irock

      In the 235 years of Americas existance we have been at war 209 years with one country or another. You over dramatize Joe.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • inittoknowit

      That's telling it the way it is. Everyone that disagrees, disagrees because the truth hurts. OBAMA all the way!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. SomeGuy

    How about the Saudis cough up some of that hard earned oil money and pay for their own war? Leave the US out of this.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      October 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • afalt

      I totally agree. If Saudi says that Iran has to pay "the price". Let them choke up their own sons and daughters that will march into battle. Leave the US out of it. It is not our fight.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    The inbreed who are faulting the Obama administration take note: Intelligence stopped this plot from going forward. They did not sit on their asses then go dropping bombs on innocent and guilty parties, after a plot was executed. Intelligence was applied and won. Give the damn people credit for doing the right thing.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • tpbco

      Yes and timing with it their lapdogs in the media to take the heat off of "Fast and Furious" Holder. Just like Cliniton, they were "Wagging the dog".

      October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      What Gen. Powel thinks about this? I wonder!

      October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • irock

      Intelellegence? The stumbled apon this by some idiot not knowing he was talking to an agent.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Tpboc: The sun is shining today. I wonder what conspiracy Obama is plotting to take advantage of that fact! Were you born stupid or developed the skill over time?

      October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Irock: The intelligence is having the agent in place so that he would be approached by the “idiot”. Again, I ask – Is political partisanship so infectious we fail to see good work when good work is done?

      October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tewrobert

    If someone has to pay then that someone better put the "MONEY" up front,....But I wonder how many grubby hands will get their share before it actually goes to our military.........Isnt this A coincidence this comes about the time talk is about cutting the military expenses.........

    October 12, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. PaulTn

    We the US are unpaid mercenaries to the rest of the world.If we are going to fight let's get paid. Give Iraq, Afganastan the bill instead of having the us taxpayers pay for someone else's problem.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hasselhoff

    Good someone needs to take the Iran regime out. If it's not America , Saudi will do it, maybe this will make those occupy wall street people have something to really protest.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Chuck Noris??

      October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Moe

    Alll of you who are gong-ho on us entering yet another conflict – Put your money where your mouth is – sign -up, or take your kids down to enlist and fight – otherwise shgut the hell up. Idiots.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. sandiego1969

    I agree someone in Iran has to answer for this plot. I suggest the Saudi's do it.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Mossad? Remember the murder in UAE hotel incident? Assasination of Iranian scientists?

      October 12, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wastrel

    I wonder if that Saudi prince wants us to deal with the problem at the source - by telling Islam to reform or be destroyed. They could all pay the price for 1300 years of this nonsense where the Sunnis and the Shiites kill each other over who was to succeed Mohammed as the Boss of Islam. Read some history, and weep, that's what it was about.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      October 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. WorkingGuyNYC

    How did a report of a foiled terror plot turn into a Bush/Obama bashing session?

    This is why this country is in Chaos. Grow up people!

    October 12, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Beats me! Lets focus on conspiracy theory aspect of this. perhaps Mossad? Saudis sending troops to Bahrain? Facing their own Spring at home? Occupy Wall Street? UN review of Palestinian statehood? Diverting focus on Iran, "Again" . Anti government protests in Tel Aviv? This is becoming too comical! Blame Iran! Blame Iran!

      October 12, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. R

    So I guess Saudi Arabia needs make them pay somehow. The fact that the plot was to be carried out on US soil involves the US but it's really Saudi Arabia that needs to actually do something. It's time they start to spend some the their money on something other than gold plated toilets.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      the "alleged plot" lets not forget that "the alleged plot" did I say that " the alleged plot" oh hell, what is the use, the court (Senator King residing) has already found Iran guilty and sentenced to destruction by Invasion. I am selling my SUV tomorrow, cant afford $10 a gallon gas!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. irock

    I think we should ask for 100 mill each for bail \ ransum "ssshhhhhhh" after we hold them for 4 years, Sound familiar?

    October 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      You know what the response will be from Iran! Kill the sob the dirty zionist regime's unclean dog and send a check to Mossad for the cost of the bullet!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Thor

    OK! National debt solution resolved! Saudi Arabia..... pay in gold for services this time.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      What about the alleged plot? I am confused!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. SuperD

    For years I have been in favor of confronting IRAN in order to call their bluff. This is justification for such action. I think a few cruise missles are in order here.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Ya! lol

      October 12, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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