All Persian Gulf states save one decry prominent Iranian scientist’s assassination
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has stated that all neighboring states and Persian Gulf countries save one have decried the assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whose responsibility lies primarily with the Israeli regime.
Saeed Khatibzadeh, Foreign Ministry Spokesman, made the comments during a virtual media briefing on Tuesday, exactly four days after the targeted killing of prominent scientist Fakhrizadeh, deputy defense minister and head of the ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), near Tehran, by terrorists who have suspected links to Israel.
After Fakhrizadeh’s assassination, he added, Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, among others, denounced the terrorist incident in telephone conversations and offered their sincere condolences to the Iranian nation and government.
“Regarding Dr. Fakhrizadeh’s martyrdom, we received a torrent of condemnations from countries in different parts of the region. In the Persian Gulf, all states but one condemned [the assassination], while some denounced it using harsh rhetoric. It similarly elicited condemnations from the East, West and North,” he commented.
In a thinly-veiled reference to Saudi Arabia, the spokesman called on the single country that has thus far refused to take a stance against the terrorist assassination operation to seriously reconsider its policies.
Referring to calls by some states for “restraint” on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the terror attack, he added, “They can say whatever they want.... Iran will deliver a proportionate, independent response that will [inflict] maximum pain on those who ordered and perpetrated [the crime].”
“Of course, as [Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad] Zarif tweeted, self-proclaimed advocates of human rights were expected to decry [the assassination] more strongly, but part of the story went back to their own policies. These countries, which could not refrain from condemning this terrorist act, called for restraint, a term that does not meet our expectations.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in a post on Twitter, held Israel accountable for Fakhrizadeh’s murder. Iran’s ambassador to the UN submitted an official letter to the world body’s chief and Tehran’s envoys informed their host countries about the details of this brutal assassination.
“This path will continue and we seek the responsibility of the other side,” he emphasized. "We think it is one of the best campaigns that can further isolate the occupying Israeli regime."