US bans Mahan Airlines over alleged hit

The US bans the Iranian Mahan Airlines following allegations by American judicial officials about Tehran’s involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington.

Mahan Airlines has been banned from operating in the US under the pretext that it transferred the person, who allegedly planed to carry out the assassination, into the United States, Mehr News Agency reported.

The US Justice Department accused Iran plotting to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir, with help from a suspected member of a Mexican drug cartel.

Tehran says the media hype created by Washington is an attempt to deflect international attention from the intensifying anti-corruption and anti-corporatism protests in the country.

Iran’s envoy to the UN, Mohammad Khazaei, has filed a complaint against the US for what he calls an evil plot.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has also described the US accusation as a new and immature scenario which will ultimately force the Americans to apologize.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that Washington would consult its allies about how to further isolate Tehran.

The US is the main supporter of Saudi Arabia — one of the most repressive and undemocratic regimes in the world.

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