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

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

11/28/2020 1:30:00 PM

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

Iran 's supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the assassination of the Islamic Republic's top nuclear scientist, who the West and Israel believed was the architect of a secret Iran ian programme to make weapons.

Parisa Hafezi3 Min ReadDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the assassination of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist, who the West and Israel believed was the architect of a secret Iranian programme to make weapons.

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Slideshow( 2 images )Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s top authority who says Tehran has never sought nuclear arms, promised in his statement on Twitter to continue the work of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who died on Friday after gunman ambushed him in his car near Tehran.

The killing, which Iran’s president was swift to blame on Israel, threatens to spark a new Middle East confrontation in the final weeks of U.S. President Donald Trump’s term.It could also complicate any efforts by President-elect Joe Biden to revive a detente with Tehran that was forged when he was in Barack Obama’s administration. Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 international nuclear pact agreed with Tehran.

Khamenei said in his Twitter post that Iranian officials must take up the task of “pursuing this crime and punishing its perpetrators and those who commanded it.”Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a televised cabinet meeting that Iran would respond “at the proper time.”

“Once again, the evil hands of Global Arrogance and the Zionist mercenaries were stained with the blood of an Iranian son,” he said, using terms officials employ to refer to Israel.Related CoverageIsrael has declined to comment on the killing. The White House, Pentagon, U.S. State Department and CIA also declined to comment, as did Biden’s transition team.

‘REMEMBER THAT NAME’At least four scientists were killed between 2010 and 2012 in what Tehran said was a programme of assassinations aimed at sabotaging its nuclear energy programme. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons, saying its aims are only peaceful.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency reported that an explosive-laden car exploded near Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle and one of the assassins then sprayed it bullets. The scientist was taken to a hospital nearby, where he died.Fakhrizadeh had no public profile, but was thought to have headed what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), U.N. nuclear watchdog, and the U.S. intelligence services believe was Iran’s nuclear arms programme, shelved in 2003.

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He was the only Iranian scientist named in the IAEA’s 2015 “final assessment” of open questions about Iran’s nuclear programme. It said he oversaw activities “in support of a possible military dimension to (Iran’s) nuclear programme”.He was a central figure in a presentation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018 accusing Iran of continuing to seek nuclear weapons. “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Netanyahu said at the time.

U.S. intelligence services and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe Iran halted its coordinated weapons programme in 2003.The IAEA said it had no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.

Additional reporting by Francois Murphy in Vienna; Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Frances Kerry and Edmund Blair Read more: Reuters Top News »

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He'll be in Mar-a-Lago soon. Somebody let him know - Hillary & Obama set this up. What’s he gonna do, kick sand on our blanket? Trump wants to rage on on someone, don’t push ur luck Pompeo should be thinking about the consequences to his actions. No retaliation without proof if they do not want to bring trouble down onto their own people. Who knows if he somehow had not got on the wrong side of the Iranian government even?

Unfortunately, there will be blood— the blood of our young soldiers and probably innocent civilians. The world is a ghetto. Whatever happened to PEACE? Why is it that the same actors are always plotting to destabilize the so-called Middle East? Yet, everybody believes in a god? In reality these are not really scientist in that term, they probably had few knowledge transfer from N.Korea or similar rogue states and trying to apply that knowledge. Nuclear power or weapons technology has changed significantly since 80's.

That is all this country does, threaten and destroy. Totally useless. Shame considering at one time it was a progressive culture. This has Trump and Israel written all over it Oh no! Please don't harm us with your verbal diarrhea we're scared and beg you not to Fact Check only Biden fears Iran So that's why Pompeo was in Israel this past month.

God bless the IDF When President Trump leaves office then the war will start,Biden is a war monger just like his Daddy Obama Bebe and Don are counting on it. It’s time for a man/Woman to man talk! JoeBiden SenKamalaHarris JillBiden SpeakerPelosi Haha Nice joke 😂🤣 By shoting down another airplane ✈ 🔥. By killing Solemani and Mohsen, the world is much more safer. At least, extremist Mullahs in Iran wouldn't have nuclear weapons to nuke other countries by mistake just like they did nuke Lebanon.

😂 they gave the same promises when general Qasim killed. Netanyahu is taking advantage of the United States pledge to protect Israel and is making every effort to plunge the US military into a proxy war with Iran Dear Iran, keep promising, and keep crying. Cowards. Which means they are going to shoot down another passenger Airplane!

After lock down I assume Killing a Prominent Scientist is really Disgusting & Disturbing to say a least! Jan 3 is the one year anniversary of Soleimani’s killing ... good times ahead 🚨🚨🚨. Set it up Israel/ trump/ Pompeo 😒 🚨 Allah bless supreme leader ayat-ul-Allah khamnei Is Pompeo stirring up trouble in this last strange trip through the Middle East? Or is this all just odd coincidence?

So why did you use the president Rouhani picture for this news?!!! Bull gimana gimana good luck anti-Marxismlist! On my opinion, the human society is running on these: 1 technology define theoretical economic aggregate 2 labour define gross economy 3 finance system define distribution of wealth from gross economy