'US main supporter of global terror'
Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar
Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says the recent calls in the United States for the assassination of Iranian officials are indicative of the US sponsorship of international terrorism.
Calls for acts of terror against Iran prove the arrogant and bullying nature of the approaches that some US officials take to counter their opponents, Mohammad-Najjar told Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
Mohammad-Najjar noted that US officials resorted to calling for acts of terror against Iran after their claims of Tehran's involvement in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington backfired.
He further said that terrorism and assassinations would not intimidate the Iranian nation and authorities.
On October 26, a number of hard-line American officials urged the US administration to launch covert action against Iran or even "kill" some of Iranian authorities over an alleged Iran-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy in Washington.
"I'm saying we put our hand around their throat right now in every interest they have," retired US Army General Jack Keane told a hearing of the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee.
"And let's not wring our hands. If the international community doesn't want to step up to it, we go without them," the retired general added.
Former CIA agent Reuel Marc Gerecht, now with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think-tank, also said "I don't think that you are going to really intimidate these people, get their attention, unless you shoot somebody."