Israel has long history of assassinating scientists
The assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh carries fingerprints of the Israeli regime, which has long history of murdering researchers across the world.
Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (known by its acronym SPND), was targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran Province.
Reacting to the brutal assassination, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that there were “serious indications” of an Israeli role.
"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice – with serious indications of Israeli role – shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," Zarif wrote on Twitter.
The top Iranian diplomat said the assassination of the senior Iranian nuclear scientist bears the clear hallmark of atrocities committed by the Israeli regime, which has already murdered a number of Iran's scientific elites.
Zarif further raised awareness about Israel’s fingerprints in the murder and urged international denunciation and action.
“Terror attack on our scientist was indubitably designed & planned by a terrorist regime & executed by criminal accomplices,” he wrote.
Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi hailed Fakhrizadeh’s significant role in combating COVID-19 in Iran.
“One of the latest services of Martyr Fakhrizadeh was his outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous COVID-19 test kit, which is a great contribution to our national efforts in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when Iran is under inhumane sanctions of the United States, strictly preventing our access to humanitarian goods including medicines and medical equipment,” he said.
Fakhrizadeh joined at least four other senior Iranian scientists assassinated in Iran over the past decade.
Political observers maintain that America’s unconditional support of Israel has have emboldened the regime to violate international law by committing secret killings in keeping with its expansionist agenda in the region and elsewhere.
In recent decades, at least 43 times the US has used veto power against UN resolutions on Israel
US and Israeli spy agencies described Fakhrizadeh as the force behind Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The New York Times quoted one American official — along with two other intelligence officials — saying that Israel was behind the killing of the scientist. It was unclear how much the United States may have known about the operation in advance, but the two sides are the closest of allies and have long shared intelligence regarding Iran.
Israel has acknowledged pursuing covert sabotage operations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program to gather intelligence.
Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes, not for weapons.
Iran signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — whose aim is to prevent the spread of nuclear arms and weapons technology — in July 1968 and ratified it in February 1970.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly asserted that it has never sought and will never seek nuclear arms based on a fatwa (religious decree) issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. The fatwa bans the production, possession and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.