The assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientists has ranged up everywhere. One of Iran’s most prominent nuclear scientists was assassinated on Friday in an attack on his car outside Tehran that it accused arch-foe Israel of being behind. The scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was “seriously wounded” when assailants targeted his car; before being engaged in a gunfight; with his security team, Iran’s defence ministry said in a statement.
It added that Fakhrizadeh, who headed the ministry’s research; and innovation organisation, was later “martyred” after medics failed to revive him. Fakhrizadeh, once described by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; as the father of Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, had been travelling in a car near Absard city; in Tehran province’s eastern Damavand County.
The former head of the CIA labelled the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist a “criminal” act that risks inflaming conflict in the region. John Brennan said he did now know who was to blame for the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
In a series of tweets, Brennan said, “This was a criminal act and highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation and a new round of regional conflict. I do not know whether the foreign government authorised or carried out the murder of Fakhrizadeh. Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation; of international law and encourage more governments to carry out; lethal attacks against foreign officials.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said there was “serious indications of an Israeli role” in the scientist’s assassination. Zarif wrote on Twitter “Terrorist murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice with serious indications of Israeli role shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”
He also called on the international community to “end their shameful double standards and condemn their scat of state terror.”
The killing of Fakhrizadeh is the latest in a series of assassinations of nuclear scientists in Iran in recent years that the Islamic republic has blamed Israel for carrying out. The New York Times reported earlier in November; that Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was secretly shot and killed in Tehran; by two Israeli operatives on a motorcycle at Washington’s behest.