Clinton: Plot a dangerous escalation by Iran

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling an alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States a "dangerous escalation" in Iran's support for terrorism that must draw an international response.

Speaking to a conference in Washington on Wednesday, Clinton urged the rest of the world to join Washington in condemning the alleged scheme, which she said violated U.S. and international law as well as Iran's treaty obligations to protect diplomats. She said the plot was a "reckless act" that "undermines international norms and the international system" and that Iran must be held accountable for its actions.

Clinton said the Obama administration was working with partners to increase Iran's isolation to put additional pressure on the Iranian government.