Prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh was assassinated Friday near Tehran, in an operation that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said bore “serious indications of an Israeli role.”
“Terrorists killed a prominent world today. This cowardly act – with serious indications of an Israeli role – shows the perpetrators of desperate aggressive intentions,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account shortly after the scientist was announced.
“Iran calls on the international community, especially the European Union, to desist from its flawed double standards and condemn this act of state terrorism,” he added
Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators
Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 27, 2020
Earlier, the Iranian Defense Ministry confirmed the death of Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh as a result of his wounds shortly after he was targeted by “terrorist elements” near Tehran.
In a statement on the official TV website, the ministry stated that Fakhrizadeh, who took over the leadership of its research and development organization, was “seriously injured” after his car was targeted by attackers who clashed with his escorts.
She indicated that he was “martyred” in the hospital after the medical team tried to resuscitate him. The Iranian news agencies “Tasnim” and “Fars” stated that the assassination attempt took place in the city of Absard in Damavand province, east of Tehran.
It spoke of a “bombing” before “shooting at Fakhrizade’s car.” In the past, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Fakhrizadeh in one of his statements as “the father of the Iranian military nuclear program.”
Iranian television stated that Israel has “an old and deep enmity with him.”
The assassination of Fakhrizadeh comes two months before the US President-elect Joe Biden assumed power. Biden promised to return to diplomacy with Iran after outgoing President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran.
On Friday, Trump re-posted tweets containing news about the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, without commenting on them.
In recent years, assassinations have targeted a number of Iranian scientists in the nuclear field. Each time, Tehran pointed the finger of blame at Israel.
Israel has consistently called for imposing “strict international sanctions” on Iran over its nuclear program. In June, Netanyahu pledged to curb Tehran’s regional “aggression”, noting that Iran is systematically violating its obligations by concealing sites and enriching fissile material and other methods. ”
An “automatic” return to compliance with the agreement
After the re-imposition of US sanctions on it, Iran gradually backtracked on many of the basic obligations contained in the agreement reached with six major countries and confirmed in the framework of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his country’s readiness for an “automatic” return to its obligations under the nuclear agreement in the event that the United States, headed by Biden, lifted the sanctions it imposed after its unilateral withdrawal from it two years ago, indicating at the same time that Washington’s return to the agreement does not constitute A “priority” for Iran.
The New York Times reported on November 14 that the second official in the Al-Qaeda organization, Abdullah Ahmad Abdullah, nicknamed “Abu Muhammad Al-Masry”, was secretly assassinated by shooting in the Pasdaran district in the north of the Iranian capital on the seventh of August by two gunmen on a bicycle. Firearms, according to foreign intelligence officials.