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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist assassinated

Middle EastMohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist assassinated

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the only Iranian scientist to appear in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 2015 “Final Analysis” on questions asked about Iran’s nuclear program and its purpose.

Tehran: Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated. The militants targeted Mohsin Fakhrizadeh’s car, in which the veteran scientist was seriously injured. Iran’s Ministry of Defense was quoted on Friday as saying.

According to a BBC report, Iran’s Ministry of Defense reported that modern armed militants targeted the car of senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the city of Absard in Damavand County. There was an exchange of firing between Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards and militants, in which veteran scientist was seriously injured.

The injured were immediately admitted to the hospital but despite all efforts, the team of doctors could not save them. Veteran nuclear scientist Mohsin Fakhrizadeh was rushed to the Research and Innovation Center of the Ministry of Defense of Iran.

According to Western intelligence agencies, Mr. Fakhrizadeh was spearheading Iran’s nuclear weapons program in secret. Iran, however, has always claimed that its nuclear weapons program is for peaceful purposes.

Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s assassination comes at a time when concerns are raised about uranium enrichment under Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif has strongly condemned the incident and blamed Israel for it.

He tweeted, “errorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”

Mr. Zarif said further wrote, “Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of the Iranian Army has said that Iran will surely avenge the killing of its scientist.

Maj. Gen. Hussein Salami of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said, ‘There is a clear effort to kill nuclear scientists and prevent us from accessing to modern science.;

[Hams Live]

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