Politics Iran nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated, state media reports

18:45  27 november  2020
18:45  27 november  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated (Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Darioush Rezaeinejad and Mostafa Ahmadi Iran said the victim was a university student _ not a physicist involved in the disputed nuclear program as state media first reported .

The leading scientist behind Iran ’s nuclear weapons program was assassinated as he was ambushed in his car Friday, according to state -run news Mohsen Fakhrizadeh — who led Iran ’s so-called “Amad,” or “Hope” nuclear program — was shot dead by so-called “terrorists” who first blew up

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Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi, was killed on Friday near Tehran, state media has reported.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif implied that Israel is behind the death. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has not responded to CNN's request for comment.

Fakhrizadeh was head of the research center of new technology in the elite Revolutionary Guards. He was considered one of the masterminds of Iran's controversial nuclear program.

State media said the killing appeared to be an assassination.

Zarif called the death "cowardice -- with serious indications of Israeli role."

Iranian nuclear specialist assassinated near Tehran, Israel singled out

 Iranian nuclear specialist assassinated near Tehran, Israel singled out © AFP PHOTO / HO / IRIB NEWS Avenue in Tehran, where the assassination took place, on November 27, 2020. The Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated on Friday in the suburbs of Tehran. Iran blames the murder on the Israeli government, which it accuses of wanting to provoke armed conflict. Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Western powers suspect of leading research to endow the Islamic Republic with atomic weapon , was assassinated on Friday in the outskirts of Tehran.

The scientist , Mohsen Fakhrizadeh , was seen as the force behind Iran ’s nuclear weapons program. News reports in Iran say he died after being attacked in a vehicle. Iran ’s state media say doctors failed to save the scientist , who was gravely wounded in the attack.

A nuclear scientist dubbed 'father of the Iranian bomb' has been assassinated , state -run media reports . Mohsen Fakhrizadeh -Mahabadi - a professor of physics and former officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard - was the target of a 'terrorist operation' near Tehran, reports claim.

"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," he said in a tweet. "This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror."

a sign on the side of a road: A view of the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi, Iran's top nuclear scientist, was killed in Absard, Iran. © Iranian State TV/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A view of the scene where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi, Iran's top nuclear scientist, was killed in Absard, Iran.

The Trump administration said it is closely monitoring the apparent assassination. The death "would be a big deal," a US official told CNN.

In April 2018, Netanyahu mentioned Fakhrizadeh by name when he unveiled a nuclear archive he said Mossad agents had taken from Tehran. He called him the head of a secret nuclear project called Project Amad. "Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh," Netanyahu told reporters.

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

In the last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency documented several new breaches of the agreement. Earlier this week, Iran said it had begun injecting Uranium Hexafluoride gas into centrifuges at its Natanz facility.

This is a breaking news story. More details to follow.

Intelligence and security experts skeptical of claims that Iranian nuclear scientist was targeted in 'remote control' assassination .
Days after the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the country's state media painted an elaborate picture of the killing that makes it sound like something straight out of a second-rate spy movie. © Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A funeral ceremony held on Monday for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's chief nuclear scientist who was killed last week. A bulletproof car. A remote-controlled machine gun. A seemingly self-destructing vehicle.

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