Nov 29, 2020 09:18 UTC
  • Serious indications of Israeli role in nuclear scientist assassination: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the recent assassination of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist and researcher bears the clear hallmark of atrocities committed by the Israeli regime, which has already murdered a number of Iran's scientific elites.

According to Press TV, tweeting in German on Sunday, Zarif cited “serious indications of Israel’s role” in the Friday assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near the capital Tehran.

The Iranian nuclear scientist and researcher, who headed the Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was targeted in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and machinegun fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Tehran Province’s Damavand County.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the country’s nuclear agency, has likewise suspected Israeli involvement in both the assassination and a July incident at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. “It looks like the Zionist regime [of Israel] has a role in these issues,” AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Saturday.

Zarif condemned the “cowardice” that characterizes the assassination as “an expression of the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators.”

Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, a military advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, issued similar comments earlier. The Israeli regime was seeking to “create an all-out war” in the dying political tenure of its “gambling ally (US President Donald Trump)” by risking escalation with the Islamic Republic, he said.

No party has yet claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

However, the United States and Israel have, throughout the entire lifespan of Iran’s nuclear energy program, been changelessly trying to demonize it. The duo that are each other’s strongest allies, have worked tirelessly to try and restrict Iran’s nuclear work through international bodies or coercive and unlawful measures.

Tel Aviv has assassinated several Iranian nuclear scientists in the past.

The occupying regime, which is West Asia’s sole possessor of nuclear weapons, persuaded Washington to leave a historic nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers in 2018 and restore the "toughest" sanctions that the agreement had lifted.

This is while the Islamic Republic has provided unstinting cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The United Nations’ nuclear agency has, by its own admission, subjected Iran’s nuclear work to the most extensive and recurrent examinations.