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Chavez Says U.S. Invented Iranian Plot to Kill Saudi Diplomat

October 15, 2011

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claimed that the U.S. fabricated the alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. as a way of threatening Iranian allies in Latin America.

“Later they’ll say, ‘Iran can only do this thanks to its Latin American allies,’” Chavez said on state television. “Now, they’re taking aim at us. They better not even think about stopping Venezuela’s peaceful march because they will regret it the rest of their days.”

The U.S. Justice Department accused Iran on Oct. 11 of sponsoring a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. Chavez and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have forged diplomatic and commercial ties as Iran faces international sanctions over suspicions it’s trying to develop nuclear power.

--Editor: Nicholas Wadhams, Jim McDonald

To contact the reporter on this story: Corina Rodriguez Pons in Caracas at crpons@bloomberg.net; Jose Orozco in Caracas at jorozco8@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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