Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist Allegedly Assassinated

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    Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist Allegedly Assassinated





    The Times of Israel / 27 November 2020, 4:00 pm
    Head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program is assassinated near Tehran
    Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s car bombed and shot at; adviser to Khamenei blames ‘Zionists,’ vows to ‘descend like lightning on killers’; scientist had been called ‘father of Iranian bomb’

    Jerusalem Post / NOVEMBER 28, 2020 06:16
    Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of Iran nuclear program, assassinated

    NPR / November 27, 2020 11:25 AM
    Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed In Attack

    CNN / Updated 4:30 PM ET, Fri November 27, 2020
    Iran nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated, state media reports - CNN

    AlJazeera / 27 Nov 2020
    Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Who was the assassinated Iranian scientist?
    Iranian scientist widely seen by Western intelligence as mastermind behind Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

    The New York Times / Updated 21 minutes ago
    Live Updates: Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist Killed in Ambush, State Media Say
    U.S. and Israeli intelligence described the scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as the force behind what they call Iran’s covert push for nuclear weapons.


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    Iran asks the United Nations to ‘condemn’ the killing.

     
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    Western intelligence agencies believe Fakhrizadeh was behind a covert Iranian nuclear weapons programme.

    "If Iran ever chose to weaponise (enrichment), Fakhrizadeh would be known as the father of the Iranian bomb," one Western diplomat told Reuters news agency in 2014.

    Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes.

    But news of the killing comes amid fresh concern about the increased amount of enriched uranium that the country is producing. Enriched uranium is a vital component for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons.

    Since Iran started breaching its commitments under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the country has moved ahead rapidly, building stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and enriching to a purity above the level permitted under the deal.

    If Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the key player Israel alleges, then his death could represent someone's effort to put the brakes on Iran's forward momentum.

    Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, assassinated near Tehran
     
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    NOV 28, 2020
    Iran's supreme leader vows revenge after top nuclear scientist apparently assassinated - CNN
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has vowed revenge and to continue the country's "scientific" activities after the apparent assassination of the country's chief nuclear scientist, as top Iranian officials pile blame on Israel over the killing.

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    "There are two matters that people in charge should put in their to do list: 1- To follow up the atrocity and retaliate against those who were responsible for it. 2- To follow up Martyr Fakhrizadeh's scientific and technical activities in all fields in which he was active," Khamenei wrote Saturday in a tweet from an account often attributed to him, making a veiled reference to the country's nuclear activities.

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    The killing could further fuel tensions between Tehran and Washington in the final weeks of US President Donald Trump's term. US-Iran relations have rapidly deteriorated during Trump's presidency.

    Iran began to withdraw from its commitments to the 2015 landmark nuclear deal in 2019, a year after Trump pulled out of the agreement and unleashed crippling sanctions on the country.

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    Students and young Iranians have held small protests in Tehran over the past two days outside several government buildings. At one outside the foreign ministry on Saturday, protesters burned posters depicting Trump and US President-elect Joe Biden, as well as US and Israeli flags.

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    Lebanon's Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group, also condemned the killing. Hezbollah's second-in-command, Naim Qassem, said that agents of the US and Israel were behind the assassination.
     
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    NOV 28, 2020
    Iran's supreme leader vows retaliation for assassination of leading scientist (nbcnews.com)
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    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised "definitive punishment" in a statement on his official website on Saturday. Later on Twitter he promised to pursue the "brutal mercenaries" behind the ambush and killing of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, near Tehran on Friday.

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    Members of Iran's Basij paramilitary force burn posters depicting US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden in front of the foreign ministry in Tehran, on Saturday.ATTA KENARE / AFP - Getty Images

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    At least five Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed since 2007, mostly in dramatic fashion, with motorcycle-borne assailants and car-bombs, U.S. officials have previously told NBC News.

    [...]

    In January, frayed tensions between Washington and Tehran reached boiling point after President Trump ordered the assassination of one of Iran's top military generals, Qassem Soleimani. He was killed when a U.S. drone targeted his motorcade in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

    Iran retaliated less than a week later by firing missiles at American troops in Iraq.

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    From the above link:

    “”This was a criminal act & highly reckless,” Brennan wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon. “It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict.”

    Iran’s foreign minister said that attack on Fakhrizadeh had “serious indications” that Israel was involved in the assassination but did not provide additional details – though there are expected to be international repercussions.

    Fakhrizadeh’s assassination comes less than a year after Gen. Qassem Soleimani was targeted by the U.S. military in a drone strike, killing one of Iran’s topic officials and pushing U.S.-Iran relations to the brink after Iran vowed retaliation.

    “Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage & to resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits,” Brennan wrote, urging Iranian officials to address the topic diplomatically once President-elect Joe Biden’s administration takes over the White House.

    Trump has yet to publically comment on the attack, but retweeted a message by Israeli journalist Yossi Melman who said the killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist was “a major psychological and professional blow for Iran.””

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    Tensions are not dying down in Iran. Tonight we are seeing them still burning images of Donald Trump. Still vowing revenge.


    According to accounts of the White House briefing, Trump was alarmed by a UN inspectors’ report of a sharp rise in Iran’s stockpile of uranium that could, if enriched, be used to build an atomic bomb. Trump asked for military options, but was dissuaded from ordering an attack. Attention is now focused on whether he gave a green light for other, covert forms of action against Iran.

    The assassination on Friday by unidentified assailants of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, appears to fall into this latter category. Iran’s leaders, mindful of previous, unexplained killings of its nuclear experts, have been quick to blame Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s death. But American and regional analysts suggest that if Israel was involved, it would only have acted after getting the nod from Trump.

    The Observer view on Donald Trump and the murder of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist | Observer editorial
     
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    Persia (Iran) is an ancient and proud, even great civilization. Go back to the foundations of Greece, the origin of Western Civilization, and Persia was a massive force. It is also one of the few countries not colonized by Europeans. That today's rulers of Persia would seek nuclear weapons is normal and that their enemies would try to stop that is also sadly normal. This is a state actor murder, far different from typical Sleuths cases.
     
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    It always seems like this for people in their world. I can imagine how they anticipate danger every day of their lives.
     

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