Japan Takes United States` Accusations Against Iran ``with Grave Concern``

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan is taking "with grave concern" the announcement made on Tuesday by the US Attorney General and the Director of the FBI and others, charging Iran of a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and intentions to carry out subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.

A statement by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said the Washington “accusations are a serious issue, and the Government of Japan will find it deeply regrettable if the US allegations of a plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador by Mansour Arbabsiar, a U.S. resident, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Qud’s Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, were proven to be true."

Meanwhile in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi lashed out at the US for "leveling a phony accusation against Tehran," and said the best way to respond to Washington is by disregarding and ignoring such allegations. Salehi told reporters that the US seeks to divert the public opinion from the current crisis in their country.

"Iran enjoys bilateral and good relations with Saudi Arabia and if there is any difference, it is over international issues,” the Iranian minister said.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast, also dismissed the US allegations as a prefabricated scenario which is totally unfounded.

"Such worn-out approaches which are based on the old hostile policies of the American-Zionist axis are a humorous act and part of the special scenarios staged and pursued by the enemies of Islam and the region to sow discord (among Muslims)," Mehman-Parast said.

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