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Today the Department of Justice is announcing charges against two people.
Who allegedly attempted to carry out a deadly plot that was directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate.
A foreign ambassador here in the United States.
Months or about CR in naturalized United States citizen who holds that running passport.
And was arrested last month in New York.
Is accused of working with members of an arm of the Ronnie and revolutionary guard corps.
To devise an international murder for hire scheme targeting the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.
According to the complaint filed today in the southern district of New York.
About CR is alleged to orchestrated a one point five million dollar assassination plot with -- should quarry.
In a running in based member of the could sports and other Arabian co conspirators.
-- the -- force is a unit of the Iranian Islamic revolutionary guard corps.
It is also suspected of sponsoring attacks against -- coalition forces in Iraq.
And was designated by the department of treasury in 2007.
For providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations the complaint alleges that this conspiracy was conceived.
And was directed from Iran.
And constitutes a flagrant violation of US and international law including a convention that explicitly protects diplomats from being harmed.
In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for.
Or Bobby -- -- -- are charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official.
Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.
And conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism among other charges.
About CR has been in custody since September between ninth 2011.
-- -- base in Iran remains at large.
According to the complaint.
Earlier this spring about -- met with eight.
Confidential informant from the Drug Enforcement Administration was posing as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel.
The meeting which took place in May.
And in Mexico.
Was the first of a series that would result in international conspiracy by elements of the -- -- government to pay the informant.
One point five million dollars to murder.
The ambassador -- -- United States soil according to documents we filed today in court.
According to the complaint.
Those discussions that are -- start with -- -- approval.
To facilitate the wiring of approximately 100000.
Dollars into a bank account.
In the United States as a down payment for the attempted assassination.
The complaint also states that in the days since the defendant's arrest.
He has confessed to his participation in the alleged plot as well as provided other valuable information about elements of the He running government's role in it.
The disruption of this alleged plot marks a significant achievement by our law enforcement.
And intelligence agencies as well as -- close cooperation of our partners in the Mexican government.
I want to commend the outstanding work of the agencies that were involved in this investigation including FBI director Mueller -- here with us today.
As well as -- drug enforcement administration and Michelle -- -- agents and there analysts worked closely with prosecutors here at the department's national security division.
As well as in the southern district of New York over these many months to monitor this alleged conspiracy.
Obtain valuable information and bring one of the primary plotters to justice.
But thank him -- the -- from.
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