WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. officials say they frustrated an Iranian plot to use a weapon of mass destruction on American soil.
Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday outlined charges filed in New York City against two men — an Iranian American and an Iranian. The Iranian American is in custody, while the Iranian is at large.
Holder alleged that the plot involved a plan to hire members of the Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington.
In addition to the planned assassination, the men were charged with plotting a terrorist act that would have involved a weapon of mass destruction.
Holder said Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was involved in the plot.
"The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable," he said.
Other officials at a Department of Justice news conference suggested that the plot, if carried out, would have inflicted mass casualties.
"Many lives would have been lost," said FBI director Robert Mullen.