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WIESBADEN, Germany, (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Monday that “of course” he would travel to Tehran, despite reports about a possible assassination attempt.

Russia’s Interfax news agency, citing a source in Russia’s intelligence services, said Sunday that suicide terrorists had been trained to carry out the assassination in Iran.

“Of course I am going to Iran,” Putin told reporters in a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following talks with her. “If I always listened to all the various threats and the recommendations of the special services I would never leave home.”

Iranian officials have rejected reports about the plot.

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