The U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a televised interview with CBS's Face the Nation this week that Iranians plotted to kill the then-Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir.
The operation was "approved at the highest level," Mattis pointed out.
Jubeir, now the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, had been a target of the failed assassination attempt in 2011.
"They [the Iranians] are not looking out for the best interests of their people. You've got this revolutionary cause that then causes them to go around creating mischief everywhere else; including trying to murder an Arab ambassador fewer than two miles away from the White House a couple of years ago," he said, adding that he lays his claim on intelligence.
"This was not a rogue agent. This was an operation approved at the highest levels," he stated.
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