Military force shouldn’t be ruled out as a response to an Iranian assassination plot on U.S. soil, the top House Republican on intelligence issues said.
“I don’t think you should take it off the table,” Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on ABC’s “This Week.” Rogers said other options would include rallying the international community against Iran or taking action against Iranian operatives in Iraq.
U.S. officials are considering what action to take in the wake of the Justice Department’s Oct. 11 accusation that Iran sponsored a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. in a conspiracy involving a secret Iranian military unit and a citizen of the Islamic Republic with a U.S. passport.
President Barack Obama said last week that there are “direct links” to Iran’s government, which has rejected the allegation.
Two men were charged with conspiracy to use C-4 plastic explosives to murder Saudi Arabia’s U.S. Ambassador Adel Al- Jubeir and attack Saudi installations in the U.S. targets included “foreign government facilities associated with Saudi Arabia and with another country,” the United States said in a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.