Iran’s Zarif Hints at Israeli Role in Nuclear Scientist’s Killing

Middle East

Earlier Friday, Iranian officials confirmed media reports that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, a high-ranking Iranian nuclear scientist, had been killed in an apparent gun and bomb-based assassination attack about 175 km east of Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suspects that israel was involved in the killing of one of Iran’s top nuclear scientists.

Zarif did not immediately provide evidence regarding the extent of what he suspected to be Israeli involvement in Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi’s killing.

However, earlier, Iranian media and Western commentators pointed to alleged Israeli and US support for the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran, a terrorist group promoting the overthrow of Iran’s government which recently claimed that the nuclear scientist had been involved in a clandestine nuclear weapons programme operated by the Revolutionary Guard.

In 2018, during a presentation lobbying the Trump administration to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, claiming he was the head of a secret unit inside the Iranian military working to build a nuke.

israel has been accused of assassinating multiple Iranian nuclear scientists over the years, with at least five scientists killed and two surviving attacks carried out between 2007 and 2015.

Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, 62 or 63, died in hospital on…

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