Sunday, February 28

Iran: Rohani accuses Israel of being responsible for assassination of scientist

Once again the ruthless hands of global arrogance, with the usurping Zionist regime as its mercenary, are stained with the blood of a son of this nation“, denounced Mr. Rouhani in a press release published on his official website, referring to the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Iran generally uses the expression “global arrogance“to denote the United States.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 59, succumbed to his injuries after the attack on his car with a vehicle loaded with explosives and gunfire, attacked by his bodyguards, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. .

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He said the scientist was head of the ministry’s research and innovation department.

Mr. Rohani pledged that his death “do not disturb“the scientific progress of his country, claiming that this assassination was due to”weakness and inability“enemies of Tehran to prevent their development.

He also offered his condolences “to the scientific community and the revolutionary people of Iran“.

Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian armed movement seen as an organization “terrorist” par Washington, a “strongly condemned“Saturday this assassination.

He denounced the assassinations carried out by “murderous and terrorist gangs to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining the resources of pride and power and preserving scientific progress and its political and intellectual independence“.

Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Friday evening on television that Mr. Fakhrizadeh had a “prominent role in defense innovations“. “He was handling nuclear defense and doing a lot of work“, he added, without further clarification.

– Nuclear weapon –

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Israel on Friday of having played a “role” in this “terrorist act“.

Terrorists murdered a prominent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice – with serious indications of Israel’s role – shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators“, tweeted the minister.

The scientist had been described by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the father of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The US State Department indicated in 2008 that Mr. Fakhrizadeh was leading “activities and transactions contributing to the development of Iran’s nuclear program“.

Two months from the end of his term, President Donald Trump has polled senior US officials on the possibility of “agir“against an Iranian nuclear site, according to the American daily New York Times which affirmed on November 17 that they had dissuaded it.

This assassination comes less than two months before the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden as President of the United States.

He intends to change posture vis-à-vis Iran after the four years of presidency Trump, which withdrew in 2018 from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program signed three years earlier. The United States, as part of its policy of “maximum pressure“, then reinstated and then tightened the sanctions against Iran.

Several scientists specializing in the nuclear field in Iran have been assassinated in recent years, with Tehran systematically attributing responsibility to Israel.





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