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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 13, 2009
Question taken at daily briefing of January 13, 2009

Alleged U.S. Involvement in Iran Coup Attempt (Taken Question)

Question: What is our response to the claim that the United States worked with four Iranians charged with attempting to topple the Iranian government?

Answer: Any charge against an Iranian that he/she is working with the United States to overthrow the Iranian government is baseless.

In the past, Iran has used similar charges to falsely accuse and detain civil society activists and Iranians working to enhance understanding between our two countries. We urge the government of Iran to adhere to international norms by ending its policy of arbitrarily detaining its citizens or using charges of violating national security as a pretext for targeting any Iranian citizen.

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