Ayatollah Khamenei

Iran’s Supreme Leader is harshly criticizing the U.S. for alleging Iran was involved in a plot to assassinate a Saudi ambassador, calling the accusations “irrelevant and meaningless.”

Iranian media report that in a speech in Western Gilan, Ayatollah Khamenei said Western powers are doing all they can to isolate Iran but they will not succeed.

He called the American allegations against Iran “another link in the continuous plots of world despots.”

He maintained that the U.S. is trying to falsely present Iran as a supporter of terrorism, but those efforts will only lead to further isolation for the accuser.

On Tuesday, U.S. officials went public with accusations that the Islamic Republic was involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Iran has denied the allegations.

U.S. President Barack Obama has insisted that there is evidence of Iran’s involvement; however, all accusations have been carefully worded to allow that there is no concrete evidence implicating high-ranking Iranian officials.

As well, analysts have expressed serious doubts about the allegations, maintaining that Iran has nothing to gain by such a move and that the operation is too sloppy to have been organized by the Quds Force, the international arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.