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Canada imposes sanctions on five Iranian nationals

Canada follows suit with Britain and the U.S. after foiled assassination attempt to kill Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.

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On Tuesday, Canada followed suit with Britain and the U.S. in imposing sanctions on five Iranian nationals accused of planning to kill U.S. - Saudi ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir.

Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmajinedad has rejected the Saudi plot claims.

The Canadian Press has the story:

OTTAWA - Canada is slapping sanctions on five Iranian nationals accused of plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.

The federal government follows the lead of the U.S. and Britain in freezing the individuals' assets and prohibiting Canadians from having financial dealings with them.

They include two men charged in the alleged plot, Manssor Arbabsiar, an American who also holds Iranian citizenship, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, said to be a member of a special unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The sanctions also apply to three other members of the Revolutionary Guard, Qasem Sleimani, Hamed Abdollahi and Abdul Reza Shahlai, accused of involvement in the failed assassination scheme.

The Foreign Affairs Department says the foiled operation is further evidence of the threat Tehran poses to global peace and security.

Iran denies involvement in the plot, calling it a fabrication.

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