Iran Demands Access to 'Bomb Plotter'

US calls for strong response, stops short of military intervention
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
Iran is demanding access to Manssor Arbabsiar, the man accused being involved in a plan to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.   (AP Photo/Nueces County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Iran is demanding access to the Iranian-American man accused of plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States, reports Reuters. "There is no doubt regarding the baselessness of the US allegations," said an Iranian official, according to Iran's state broadcaster IRIB. "However, providing personal information about the accused and consular access to him is among the duties of the US government. Any delay in that respect would be in contravention of international law and the US government's responsibilities."

US officials on yesterday's news shows called for a strong response from the US, but generally stopped short of calling for military confrontation. "Our country should not be looking to go to war," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein told Fox News Sunday. "We should be looking to stop bad behavior, short of war."

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