Washington (CNN) -- U.S. agents disrupted an Iranian assassination-for-hire scheme targeting Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
Elements of the Iranian government directed the alleged plan, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.
A naturalized U.S. citizen holding Iranian and U.S. passports and a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard face conspiracy charges connected with the plot.
"In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot, the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions," Holder said.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington thanked U.S. authorities for stepping in.
"The attempted plot is a despicable violation of international norms, standards and conventions and is not in accord with the principles of humanity," the embassy said in a written statement.
We're just going to let this fly? Or will the Obama administration do something about this?
The Saudi ambassador was not the only intended target, U.S. officials said. The suspects also discussed attacking Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington and possibly Buenos Aires, Argentina, a senior U.S. official said.
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UPDATE: Obama vows to punish Iran with tougher sanctions. Indeed, previous sanctions have been crippling, but have not stopped their nuclear programs, nor were they implemented to the fullest extent. The Israel Awareness Commission has lobbied extensively in support of the sanctions, and in support of tougher sanctions. Hopefully, the world will decide to take decisive action against the Iranian threat. Time may run out soon.