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US officials brief China, Russia, Turkey on alleged murder plot

The United States has sent top officials to China, Russia and Turkey to brief counterparts there about the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, a US official said Thursday.

The "briefing teams" include officials from various government agencies who "are well-versed in how this case came forward and on the details," the senior State Department official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The official said Washington proposed sending the teams to Russia and China –  which along with the United States are permament members of the UN Security Council – as well as to Turkey, which is a US ally and neighbor of Iran.

The decision to send the teams, which could travel to other countries, comes as the State Department ordered all its embassies to mobilize their host countries against Iran over the alleged plot.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Wednesday that several countries did not apply sanctions against Iran as strongly as they might.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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