Iran hints at cooperation with assassination plot inquiry

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — It's the first sign that Iran might cooperate with the investigation into charges that Iranian officials were involved in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

Iran's foreign minister is offering to look into the charges, if the U.S. provides enough information.

But others in the Iranian government continue to ridicule and reject the charges. Iran's parliament speaker, who's in Switzerland today, says U.S. officials are playing a child's game and have insulted his country with the accusations.

The foreign minister is quoted by Iran's semiofficial news agency as saying his government will deal patiently with the U.S. charges, even if the case is seen as a fabrication. He says the Iranian government has asked the U.S. to provide information about those who've been charged, so Iran can examine their background.

A U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport is in custody in New York. He was charged in federal court along with a man identified by U.S. authorities as a member of Iran's special forces.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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