World must not remain silent in face of state terrorism: Iran first VP
Iran’s first vice president says the world and international organizations should not remain silent in the face of state-sponsored terrorism, stressing that they need to prevent acts of violence by condemning them.
According to Press TV, Es’haq Jahangiri made the remarks while addressing the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of the Government of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) through video conference on Monday as he reflected on the recent assassination of Iran’s senior nuclear scientist and researcher Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
“We expect international and regional organizations as well as governments not to remain silent in the face of state terrorism and prevent repetition of such inhumane acts by condemning them,” Iran’s first vice president said.
He, however, emphasized, “Of course, Iran will give a firm and calculated response to this inhumane crime in due time.”
Fakhrizadeh, the Head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of assailants in Absard city of Tehran Province’s Damavand County on Friday.
Iranian government officials and military commanders have hinted that the Israeli regime could have been behind the terror attack, vowing harsh revenge against all the criminals involved.
Iran’s Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi said earlier on Monday that the country’s security forces had found a lot of new leads on the recent assassination of the senior Iranian scientist.
Speaking during the funeral procession of Fakhrizadeh in northern Tehran, Alavi said Iranian security forces started their all-out efforts since the physicist's assassination and succeeded in finding many clues by fully investigating all aspects of the terror attack.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also on Sunday urged the international community to give up its double standards in dealing with terrorism and condemn all forms of state-sponsored acts of terror.