10/13/11 (AEIN) The U.S. government recently announced an alleged Iranian plot to bomb embassies and assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, with the help of a Mexican drug cartel. Several countries and major international media outlets have reacted to these accusations. Some joined the U.S. in its condemnation of the plot, while others voiced skepticism about its authenticity.
The Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia condemns the "outrageous and heinous" plot. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the government of Jordan also condemned it, according to the Bahrain News Agency. The GCC is made up of Saudi Arabia and several of its neighbors. The Israeli newspaper Haaertz reported Thursday that Israel's ambassador to the U.S. termed the plot an "escalation" and denounced Iran's alleged terrorist record.
Meanwhile, Syria's official news agency carried a statement from the Deputy Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard on Thursday. It called the plot accusation "ridiculous and baseless." The commander also warned that the U.S. was trying to distract attention from its own problems, such as protests on Wall Street and foreign policy failures. Other Iranian officials also rejected the accusation. The Syrian government had yet to make any official statement.
An Inter Press Service news report released on Wednesday cast doubt on the U.S. claims, citing experts on Iran. CNN published a similar article the same day. A report from the French press agency appearing in the Times newspaper of Sri Lanka also questioned the plot, quoting experts on Mexican drug cartels who believe that the cartels would not risk American "wrath" for involvement in such a plan.