New York: The US has filed an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi envoy here and sounded a terror warning to its citizens and international diplomats, fearing that the conspiracy may have wider dimensions.
   
The State Department issued the warnings after the Justice department said that law enforcement authorities have broken up a "chilling" plot planned high up in the Iranian government in which elite Quds force operatives sought to procure explosives from Mexican drug cartels.
   
A criminal complaint alleges that US national of Iranian decent Manssor Arbabsiar and Iran-based Gholam Shakuri began plotting the murder of the Saudi Ambassador early this year.
   
They were charged with conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the US and participating in a plot, allegedly directed by elements of the Iranian government, to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.
   
While Shakuri remains at large, Arbabsiar was arrested on September 29 at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport.
   
Iran has expressed "outrage" over US allegations, saying the claims are "politically-motivated" American "evil plot".    

Mohammad Khazaee, Iran's Permanent Representative to the UN, conveyed Tehran's strong and categorical rejection of "these fabricated and baseless allegations based on the suspicious claims by an individual" in a letter to UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
   
"It as a well-thought evil plot in line with their anti-Iranian policy to divert attention from the current economic and social problems at home," Khazaee said in the letter, copies of which were simultaneously sent to President of the Security Council and of the General Assembly.

(Agencies)