Boehner calls alleged Iran terror plot 'serious breach of international behavior'
October 12th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
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Boehner calls alleged Iran terror plot 'serious breach of international behavior'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday called the alleged Iranian terror plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil "a serious breach of international behavior."

Boehner condemned the plan that U.S. government officials described Tuesday and called on the Obama administration to respond.

"I would hope that our administration would hold the Iranian government - hold their feet to the fire over the actions that, that have been alleged in this complaint," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.

But when pressed on what specific actions the U.S. should take, Boehner declined to answer, saying only of those said to be responsible, "I'm hopeful that the administration will hold them accountable for their actions."

Earlier Wednesday Vice President Joe Biden said on the CBS Early Show that U.S. response could move beyond diplomatic sanctions, but said "we're not going there yet."

Biden stressed that the U.S. was reaching out to other nations to decide on the next steps.

"We are going to be working with the rest of the international community to decide what steps to take next. It's critically important that we unite the world in the isolation of and dealing with the Iranians."

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Debra from Georgia

    Did you promise jobs, jobs, and jobs. Go to hell and stay there until you can figure this job problem out.

    October 12, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Where's you jobs plan, Mr. Orangeman?

    October 12, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. ithink122

    It's not really surprising that Boehner came out against the administration on this, since that's all he's done since Obama was elected. Obama could say kittens were cute and terrorists are bad and Boehner would condemn the comments. The really sad thing here is that he couldn't even be bothered to come up with a reason. The Republicans and Tea Partiers are so brainwashed that he doesn't even need to say why Obama is wrong anymore, just that he is wrong.

    You can disagree with the President. In fact, that's what makes our country great. But please have the common courtesy to come up with even a flimsy reason.

    October 12, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Eduardo

    I just want to know what the GOP wants. This administration is doing what the previous didnt (bush-Dick) which is protect the AMERICANS no matter what. We have to act before,so its what the president doing, PROTECTING AMERICANS first. Keep going Mr. President, we believe in you. You are doing a great homeland security job. So make up our minds and support the president.

    October 12, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Eduardo

    Keep going Mr. President, yes we can, yes we can. You just PRESS ON, we support you a 100%. AMERICANS just remember who create this mess. GUESS WHO? Correct the GOP and his CAPITALISM. In 2012 bye bye GOP/tea PARTY , Obama-Bien 2012

    October 12, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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