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Iran casts assassination plot as US attempt to distract from 'Occupy Wall Street'

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"Americans are seeking to derail the public opinion from the Wall Street uprising," said Mr. Boroujerdi, according to Fars News Agency, which is linked to the Revolutionary Guard. Iran "has never pursued or adopted the policy of assassination, and it rather is a victim of terrorism. Therefore, the US officials' allegation is nothing but a big lie."

Khamenei describes an America in decline

Many questions remain about the true facts behind the case, how serious and dangerous it really was, and how much Iranian government involvement may have been a factor – if at all – despite US Justice Department claims that the plot was "conceived, sponsored and was directed from Iran."

Iranian agents killed scores of regime opponents in the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in Europe and Iraq, in a practice that was largely stopped by the time reformist President Mohammad Khatami was elected in 1997.

In an official complaint sent to United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon late Tuesday, Iran rejected the new allegations, blaming them on "the current US warmongering and propaganda machine against Iran," which yielded an "evil plot" to "divert attention" from American problems at home.

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