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World As Iran Vows to Avenge Slain Scientist, Saudi-Israel Peace Talks Reportedly Break Down

03:55  28 november  2020
03:55  28 november  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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prominent Iranian nuclear scientist , Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, will face swift revenge, the Iranian military has vowed , as the UN calls for restraint to avoid While no group or state has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif claimed earlier that Israel might have had a

Since news broke hours ago of the assassination of Iran 's top nuclear scientist , Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, on the streets in a city just east of Tehran, Iranian leaders have blamed an Israeli What Iran has dubbed a terrorist attack reportedly involved a hail of machine gun fire and a suicide bomber explosion.

Iranian military officials vowed to avenge the death of Iran's top nuclear scientist on Friday, as talks to formalize deepening ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia reportedly fell apart despite the countries' shared distrust of Tehran.

Mike Pompeo, Benjamin Netanyahu are posing for a picture: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make a joint statement after meeting in Jerusalem on November 19, 2020. Iranian military officials on Friday accused Israel of assassinating one of its top nuclear scientists, about a week after secret meetings between Israel and Saudi Arabia reportedly broke down, © AFP via Getty Images/MAYA ALLERUZZO/POOL U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu make a joint statement after meeting in Jerusalem on November 19, 2020. Iranian military officials on Friday accused Israel of assassinating one of its top nuclear scientists, about a week after secret meetings between Israel and Saudi Arabia reportedly broke down,

The leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia attended a meeting last weekend to discuss normalizing relations between the two countries, according to The Wall Street Journal. The paper published its report on the meeting just hours after Iran's Ministry of Defense announced that Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the scientist believed to have led the country's "Project Amad" nuclear program in the early 2000s, had died following a roadside attack on Friday. Some political and military officials in Iran referred to Fakhrizadeh's death as "murder" and accused Israel of conducting the attack.

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Iran commander vows ‘we will not rest’ until scientist is avenged . A brazen killing took place in an ambush. Iranian officials, who have long maintained that their nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes, not for weapons, called the attack an act of terror and vowed to take revenge.

Iran 's foreign minister suggested Friday that Israel was behind the slaying of his country's top nuclear scientist -- and “Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today,” Javad Zarif tweeted. “This cowardice — with serious indications of Israeli role — shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”

"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. "Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror."

Other Iranian officials called for retribution in the wake of Fakhrizadeh's death.

"In the last days of their gambling ally's political life, the Zionists seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown war," Hossein Dehghan, an adviser to Iran's supreme leader, wrote in a tweet that, as translated by The Times of Israel, appeared to refer to both Israel and the U.S. "We will descend like lightning on the killers of this oppressed martyr and we will make them regret their actions!"

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Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, killed in an attack outside Tehran on Friday, was widely seen outside the country as In a bid to be cautious, Israel is reportedly preparing for potential retaliation from Iran , Axios reports. Earlier this month, Trump held an Oval Office meeting

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suspects that Israel was involved in the killing of one of Iran 's top nuclear scientists . "Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice - with serious indications of Israeli role - shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.

Iran's military chief, Mohammad Bagheri, also referred to "the malicious Zionist entity" in comments that The Times of Israel obtained about the attack. "Terrorist groups, commanders and elements involved in this cowardly act [should know] a difficult retaliation awaits them," Bagheri said.

Newsweek reached out to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Saudi, Israeli and U.S. officials confirmed to its reporters that last weekend's meeting occurred, despite Saudi Arabia's denials that such a meeting took place. Officials reportedly told the paper that Saudi Arabia may be more likely to resume negotiations once President-elect Joe Biden takes office as a way to build up some goodwill with the incoming administration. President Donald Trump's administration has aspired to smooth over turbulent relationships in the Middle East and appeared to take a step closer to doing so with the signing of the Abraham Accord in September, a peace agreement between Israel and both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Slain Iran Scientist Was Once Warned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Remember That Name'

  Slain Iran Scientist Was Once Warned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Remember That Name' Israel's prime minister discussed Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's alleged involvement in Iran's nuclear development program during a 2018 news conference.The scientist, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was killed on Friday in what Iran's Ministry of Defense described as an attack by terrorists. Iran has accused Israel of conducting the attack.

The Iranian judiciary has formed a special committee to locate those behind the January assassination of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani While the perpetrators of the attack have yet to be identified and remain at large, Iranian military officials have vowed “severe revenge” for those behind the murder.

Iraq had been reportedly serving as intermediary for crucial Saudi attempts at diplomacy which saw tensions soaring between Tehran and Riyadh after a He said that Soleimani was going to meet him on the same day that he was killed. ‘He came to deliver me a message from Iran , responding to the

Last weekend's discussion could have handed Trump another foreign policy victory before he leaves the White House in January, if it had ended differently. Talks to improve the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia are based upon a shared distrust of Iran. Israel has long been critical of Iran for its nuclear program and obtained a trove of documents in 2018 that appeared to demonstrate the ways in which Iran was moving forward with its program, despite earlier agreements that the country would no longer do so. Israel is also believed to have targeted Iranian nuclear scientists in past attacks. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's decades-long conflict with Iran surrounds both of those countries' efforts to influence the politics of the region. Iran's history of hostility with both nations has given them common cause to explore peace negotiations.

According to The Wall Street Journal, those negotiations will likely have to wait until Biden takes office.

"Saudi Arabia is trying to figure out how best to use this to repair its image in Washington and generate goodwill with Biden and Congress," a U.S. official told the paper.

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