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Saudi Arabia refrains from fingering Iran in alleged assassination plot

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Officials from the FBI, CIA, Justice Department, State Department, and Treasury Department also briefed members of the Senate intelligence and armed services committee members. Afterwards, two members of the committee said that while the charges were serious, they did not merit a U.S. military response.

"This was not an action directed at the United States. It was an action directed at an ally of the United States, said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who said he favored economic sanctions imposed on those allegedly involved in the plot.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, agreed U.S. military action was not merited. But she said the alleged plot "should be taken very seriously."

Prince Turki al Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief who served as Saudi ambassador to Washington until the current ambassador, Adel al Jubeir, took over in 2007, demanded that Iran be punished.

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