With many sanctions already in place, the U.S. government is poised to take an even stronger stance Wednesday against Iran amid allegations that Tehran was behind a plot to assassinate a Saudi envoy on U.S. soil.
Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called carrying out such a scheme an "act of war" five times during a five-minute CNN interview.
While outlining several other steps that Washington may take, he insisted that no options be ruled out.
"We should not be ... automatically saying we're not going to have military action," King said Tuesday night, claiming that this "flagrant and notorious" alleged plot brought already testy relations between the United States and Iran to a "very precipitous level."
"Everything should be left on the table when you are talking about a potential attack (in) the United States, an act of war."
Mohammad Khazaee, Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, told CNN Tuesday night that he was "shocked to hear such a big lie."
He claimed the chain of events outlined by U.S. authorities was an "insult to the common sense" of people everywhere.
A senior U.S. defense official said Tuesday that there has been no change in U.S. military posture in reaction to the alleged terror plot.
No U.S. Navy ships, for example, have been repositioned and there currently are no plans to do so.
"The act is already done," the official said, noting the plot purportedly has been disrupted and calling it "much more of a law enforcement matter" than a military one.FULL STORY