Russia, China join countries condemning assassination of Iranian scientist
Russia, China, Kuwait and Afghanistan are the latest addition to a chorus of countries that have so far condemned the brutal assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
According to Press TV, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the targeted assassination as “provocative,” and called for restraint to avoid further escalation of regional tensions.
"We express our serious concern over the provocative nature of this terrorist act, which is clearly aimed at destabilizing the situation and building up conflict potential in the region," the ministry said in a statement.
"We call on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could lead to an escalation of tensions."
Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian 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 on Friday.
Following his assassination, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the assassination of the 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.
China says "shocked" by assassination of Iranian scientist
Speaking at a press briefing in the capital Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she was shocked over the targeted assassination and urged restraint on all sides.
"We are shocked by the assassination of the Iranian scientist. The Chinese side condemns the violent crime and urges thorough investigation into it,” Hua said at the briefing.
"China opposes any act that may aggravate regional tensions and undermine regional peace and stability as the current situation in the region is highly complex and sensitive. All parties should work together to ease regional tensions and maintain regional peace and stability."
Kuwait, Afghanistan condemn Iranian scientist's assassination
Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the assassination in a statement issued on Monday.
“The ministry expressed ... its rejection of anything that would increase tension and undermine stability in the region,” the ministry said in a statement cited by the state news agency KUNA.
In a phone conversation with Zarif, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah censured the terrorist act and expressed condolences to the Iranian government and nation.
In Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, expressed sympathy with the administration and people of Iran. He said “Terrorism is reprehensible in all its forms.”