Iran warns off West over alleged Saudi envoy plot

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 7:28 AM
Iran warns off West over alleged Saudi envoy plot

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Sunday that Tehran would respond robustly to any "inappropriate measure" by Western powers linked to an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, state television reported.

"Any inappropriate measure against Iran, whether political or security-related, will be strongly confronted by the Iranian nation," Khamenei said, in a clear reference to U.S. allegations that two men with links to Iran's security forces had planned to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Iran says the allegation is without foundation and has been cynically engineered to further isolate Tehran -- whose disputed nuclear program has triggered several rounds of international sanctions against it.

(Created by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Jon Boyle)