State Dept has no proof Iran behind recent attacks. But...
February 14th, 2012
02:17 PM ET

State Dept has no proof Iran behind recent attacks. But...

By Elise Labott
The Obama administration doesn't know for sure whether Tuesday's blasts in Thailand were the work of Iran or one of its proxies, but that's not stopping the State Department from drawing a link to an "uptick in violence" to Iran.

"We obviously condemn this attack," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday. Even as she noted the Thai authorities were investigating the incidents, she went on to draw a parallel between Tuesday's attacks in Bangkok and Monday's attacks against Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, both of which are also under investigation.

Israel has blamed Iran for the attacks in all three countries.

"These events do come on the heels of other disrupted attacks targeted at Israel and Western interests, including an Iranian-sponsored attack in Baku, Azerbaijan, and a Hezbollah-linked attack in Bangkok, Thailand, before this," Nuland said. "So they serve as a reminder that a variety of states and non-state actors continue to view international terrorism as a legitimate foreign policy tool, which we consider reprehensible."

So does that mean the United States agrees with Israel's assertion that Iran's fingerprints are all over the attack in attacks?

"We are not going to prejudge this. We're going to await the investigation," Nuland said. Then she added, "We do note that they come on the heels of other disrupted attacks that do have Iranian fingerprints on them."

So you do have suspicions or some reason to believe Iran is involved, the reporters at Tuesday's briefing asked? After all, there have been many other attacks around the world that the United States isn't drawing parallels to.

"We're just concerned that these come on the heels of other incidences that clearly had links back to Iran," Nuland said. "With regard to these recent ones, we're going to await the results of the investigation, but we are looking at the links."



soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Tsgt Smako

    Nobody needs to bomb Iran, at least as a first strike. Get us free of the addiction to fossil fuel and let the whole Arab world rot in its own filth. All they have is oil, and they hold us all over a barrel because of it.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
  2. James

    So its OK for Israel to bomb civilians in Iran (scientists) but its not OK for Iran to bomb Israeli government personnel? How does that make sense?

    February 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • J. Pollard the Soon to be free from jail spy thanks obama

      The whole world hates israel. Pass it on.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  3. hadenoughofIsrealiBSpolitics

    wow.. Israelis train Iranians to bomb their own scientists and kill every target. Iranians target 3 places and cant kill targets and bomber injured himself. How stupid does all this sound. I feel sorry for all you stupid F&%Ks that read this stuff and never learn anything.
    There is no GOD, there are no chosen people. All religions are made to FOOL you. If you need religion to tell you how to be a decent human being then you have more problems and nothing can help you. Take a pill go die under a tree so you can at least say you had a purpose in life.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Stop with your F^^^ ing atheist theory, no one really cares what you have to say any ways. we get it, your Pis at the world, you blame world religion,you may have homo tendencies, your family is uneducated, but for the love of peace shut up and stop arrogant, Thank you Good-bye and God Bless

      February 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • ohsleepyme

      I love you

      February 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Proof? The GOP don't need no stinking proof!!!

    February 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  5. John N. Seattle, WA

    Everyone should remember that the purpose of diplomacy is to PROLONG a crisis! This crisis is NOT going to go away, or be resolved with sanctions, no matter what the politicians say. The "Iranian Problem" has ONE solution, and it is military! We need to go to war and defeat these radicals who have been destabilizing the region and indeed the entire world for the past half century!

    February 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  6. More false flag bullshit

    The length's, or is that depth's, to which this country and it's master, Israel, will go to is unbelievable. Talk about grasping at straws.
    On the other hand, my neighbors car was broken into the other night. Could be the Iranians. Better call Homo Land 'Security'.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply

    we need no proof, we need to attack the idiots in return.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  8. michaelfury


    February 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply

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