Nov 29, 2020 06:33 UTC
  • EU condemns assassination of senior Iranian nuclear scientist as ‘criminal act’

The European Union has condemned the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist and researcher as a “criminal act.”

The Lead Spokesperson for the External Affairs Division of the European Union, Peter Sano, said on Saturday the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist near the capital, Tehran, violates the principles of human rights.

According to Press TV, the spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday“This is a criminal act and runs counter to the principle of respect for human rights the EU stands for.”

He also expressed his condolences to the family members of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh while wishing a prompt recovery to any those who sustained injuries.

“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever for all parties to remain calm and exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid escalation which cannot be in anyone’s interest,” the statement added.

The remarks came a day after Dr. Fakhrizadeh, a nuclear scientist and researcher and a professor of physics and at Imam Hussein (PBUH) University who headed the Iranian Defense Ministry's Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was assassinated while traveling near Absard city in Tehran Province's eastern Damavand County in an attack that also involved a car bombing.

UN urges restraint after nuclear scientist assassination

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has also stressed the importance of restraint to prevent an escalation of regional tensions after the assassination of the prominent Iranian nuclear scientist by suspected Israel-tied terrorists near the capital Tehran.

“We have noted the reports that an Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated near Tehran today. We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region,” Guterres’ Spokesman Farhan Haq said on Friday.

Iranian government officials and military commanders hinted that the Israeli regime could have been behind the terror attack, vowing harsh revenge against all the criminals involved.