As the Obama administration pressed its case this week that elements of Iran's elite Qods Force brigade plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, more information has emerged about one of the alleged conspirator's ties to a brutal attack that killed five American troops in Karbala, Iraq in 2007.
President Obama and senior officials laid out their case in a series of meetings with foreign leaders and diplomats, including a highly unusual meeting between the American and Iranian UN envoys on Wednesday.
"We've laid the facts before them," Obama said at a press conference Wednesday with visiting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, referring to foreign leaders and diplomats. When they have had a chance to more closely examine the U.S. evidence, he said, "there will not be a dispute" over the American claims.
"We believe that, even if at the highest levels there was not detailed operational knowledge, there has to be accountability with respect to anybody in the Iranian government engaging in this kind of activity," he added.
Obama's comments came a day after Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the UN, reportedly held an unusual meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Khazaee.Read More »from Alleged Iranian conspirator in assassination plot tied to 2007 attack on U.S. troops