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World Questions for Israel mount after Iran scientist's killing

18:45  29 november  2020
18:45  29 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Israel has played a “role” in the attack on prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed on Friday near Tehran, the Islamic A handout photo made available by Iran state TV (IRIB) on November 27, 2020, shows the scene after an attack on the car of Iranian nuclear scientist

U. S . and Israeli intelligence described the scientist , Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as the force behind what they call Iran ’ s covert push for nuclear weapons. Iran ’ s Top Nuclear Scientist Killed in Ambush, State Media Say.

Questions mounted in Israel on Sunday following the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, with experts speculating on whether Israeli agents were responsible, and if so, how Tehran might respond.

a group of people holding wine glasses: The coffin of Iran's assassinated top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his funeral procession in Qom, south of Tehran © - The coffin of Iran's assassinated top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his funeral procession in Qom, south of Tehran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has blamed the Jewish state for Friday's killing of 59-year-old Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, accusing it of acting as a US "mercenary" and vowing revenge.

Officials in Israel have declined to comment on the attack near Tehran, which Iran said was carried out by assailants who opened fire on Fakhrizadeh's car before engaging his bodyguards in a gunfight.

How Iranian scientist’s killing could derail future US-Iran talks

  How Iranian scientist’s killing could derail future US-Iran talks ‘Combustible’ period before Joe Biden takes office could complicate plans to restart diplomacy with Iran, analysts say.Biden, who will take office on January 20, has said he wants to return to a 2015 international accord that curbed the Iranian nuclear programme – a move that would signal a pullback from President Donald Trump’s hardline “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.

Iran ' s president has blamed Israel for the killing of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, and said it would not slow down the country' s nuclear programme. Hassan Rouhani also said Iran would retaliate over Mohsen Fakhrizadeh' s killing at a time of its choosing. An Israeli cabinet minister said he had "no

Iran ' s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing of the Islamic Republic' s top nuclear scientist , raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining Friday' s killing , which Iran ' s president was swift to blame on Israel , could complicate any efforts by

The assassination could been have plucked from a script of the new Israeli-made television series "Tehran", which features operatives from the Mossad intelligence agency on a secret mission inside the Islamic Republic.

But if Mossad was responsible, Israeli observers were zeroing in on the significance of the timing.

Did Israel simply see a chance to carry out an operation long in the planning, or was there a direct link to US President Donald Trump's imminent departure from the White House?

For left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, the Trump link was clear.

"The timing of the assassination, even if it was determined by purely operational considerations, is a clear message to President-elect Joe Biden, intended to show Israel's criticism of the intent to return to the nuclear accord with Iran," it said.

Iran vows to avenge killing of nuclear scientist

  Iran vows to avenge killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear scientist, died on Friday after an attack on his car.Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county.

Iran ' s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has vowed revenge after the killing of the country' s chief nuclear scientist , as top officials pile blame on Israel .

Iran blamed Israel for the death of the renowned scientist , with President Hassan Rouhani saying the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh showed the “depth of the enemy’ s despair, and vowing it “will not slow down Iran ’ s nuclear path”. Meanwhile, a report in The New York Times similarly claimed

Biden has promised a return to diplomacy with Iran after four hawkish years under Trump, who withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and began reimposing crippling sanctions.

Biden has said he will prioritise a revival of the nuclear deal agreed between Tehran and world powers during Barack Obama's administration, in which Biden served as vice president.

Yossi Kuperwasser, the former head of Israel's strategic affairs ministry, also tied the assassination to Biden's January 20 inauguration.

Those responsible for the killing "had a short period of time to take action to weaken the Iranian nuclear program and to convince Biden that once he becomes president he should not return to the (nuclear) agreement," he said.

Donald Trump et al. around each other: Iranian students burn posters of US President Donald Trump (top) and President-elect Joe Biden, during a rally in front of the foreign ministry in Tehran © ATTA KENARE Iranian students burn posters of US President Donald Trump (top) and President-elect Joe Biden, during a rally in front of the foreign ministry in Tehran

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Iran's leader promises retaliation for nuclear scientist's killing

  Iran's leader promises retaliation for nuclear scientist's killing Iran's leader promises retaliation for nuclear scientist's killingDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing of the Islamic Republic's top nuclear scientist, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump's presidency.

Iran says killing of nuclear scientist shows depth of enemies' hatred. France 24 See more videos. Iran ' s clerical and military rulers have threatened revenge for Friday' s killing of Fakhrizadeh, who Iranian media said died in hospital after assassins gunned him down in his car near Tehran.

For years, Iran has accused Israel of assassinations and murder attempts of its nuclear scientists . In 2018, Fakhrizadeh was identified by Israeli After the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, Iran warned the US and Israel against taking “adventuristic measures” during the final days of the Trump presidency.

Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, author of a 2018 book documenting Israel's covert assassination of its enemies over the years, said Sunday that such an attack, deep in enemy territory, "has to be planned for many months, if not for years".

"It cannot be carried out merely by pressing a button," he added, writing in top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.

Bergman's piece highlighted Netanyahu's 2018 television appearance to announce that Israeli agents had penetrated  a "secret atomic archive" in Tehran and removed tens of thousands of files proving its arms plans.

Netanyahu said that Fakhrizadeh played a central role in those plans, adding "remember this name".

Iran denies its nuclear programme has a military purpose.

- Retaliation 'postponed' -

Rouhani stressed the country would seek its revenge for the attack in "due time" and not be rushed into a "trap".

For Israel's former military intelligence chief, Amos Yadlin, Tehran was unlikely to respond immediately.

"I think, in this case, since nobody took responsibility and it's part of the covert war, they might postpone retaliation until at least Trump's last day," Yadlin told journalists.

Tehran could target Israeli scientists, use "proxies" like Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah to attack the Jewish state, "launch missiles from Iran," or target Israeli media, he said.

Kuperwasser warned that Iran had "a wide variety of options" for retaliation and Israel needed to "be ready".

"These are things that embarrass the Iranians and they have to make it clear that they will not live with these types of actions against their interest and retaliate in some type of way," he said.

Local media said Israel had put its embassies abroad on heightened alert.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi was due this week to visit Bahrain, which has just normalised relations with Israel.

But he has cancelled the visit to the Gulf state, which like Iran is predominantly Shiite, diplomatic sources told AFP on Sunday.

There was, however, no confirmation that Ashkenazi changed his plans in response to Fakhrizadeh's killing.

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Pakistan Is Latest Nuclear Power to Condemn Killing of Iranian Scientist As World Remains on Edge .
"Such acts not only run contrary to all norms of interstate relations and International Law but also threaten the peace and stability of an already fragile region," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement sent to Newsweek. "We extend sincere condolences to the family members of Mr. Fakhrizadeh and to the Iranian people." The attack comes about a decade after a series of similar slayings targeted other leading Iranian nuclear scientists and, more recently, in the wake of ongoing tensions between Iran and its top foes Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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