Nov 29, 2020 12:25 UTC
  • MPs demand Iran restrict IAEA inspections after scientist assassination

Iranian lawmakers have issued a statement demanding that the country respond to the recent assassination of the senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head the Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research near Tehran by restricting the United Nations' regulatory mandate regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

According to Press TV, members of Majlis (Parliament) offered the proposal in a statement that was read out at the legislature on Sunday.

“Such atrocity entails an immediate and regret-inducing response,” they said, stressing that the best means of retaliation is through “the revival of the country’s brilliant nuclear industry by ending its voluntary adherence to the Additional Protocol” and restricting the UN nuclear watchdog's unprecedented inspection regime.

Qalibaf: Enemies should be made to regret this

Majlis Speaker Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf also urged a “strong response” to the assassination, saying the country’s enemies would not be made to regret their atrocity in any other way.

A response, he said, has to both avenge the assassination and deter the enemies from repeating such atrocities in the future.

The assassination showed that the adversaries have been frustrated by Iran’s rising power and therefore have resorted to eliminating its scientists, he noted.

The senior parliamentarian, however, expressed certainty that the nation would be able to weather the loss as it has in countless other cases since the 1979 victory of its Islamic Revolution and “pursue the path of its martyrs more strongly than before.”