BREAKING: Iran ’s supreme leader calls for 'definitive punishment' of those behind killing of military scientist.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday called for the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist linked to Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program, a slaying the Islamic Republic has blamed on Israel.Israel, long suspected of killing scientists a decade ago amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, has yet to comment on the killing Friday of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. However, the attack bore the hallmarks of a carefully planned, military-style ambush.
The slaying threatens to renew tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s term, just as President-elect Joe Biden has suggested his administration could return to Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers from which Trump earlier withdrew. The Pentagon announced early Saturday that it sent the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier back into the Mideast.
ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Fakhrizadeh “the country’s prominent and distinguished nuclear and defensive scientist.”Khamenei said Iran’s first priority after the killing was the “definitive punishment of the perpetrators and those who ordered it.” He did not elaborate. headtopics.com
Speaking to a meeting of his government’s coronavirus task force earlier Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani blamed Israel for the killing.Rouhani said that Fakhrizadeh’s death would not stop its nuclear program, something Khamenei said as well. Iran’s civilian nuclear program has continued its experiments and now enriches uranium up to 4.5%, far below weapons-grade levels of 90%.
But analysts have compared Fakhrizadeh to being on a par with Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who led the U.S.′ Manhattan Project in World War II that created the atom bomb.“We will respond to the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh in a proper time,” Rouhani said.
He added: “The Iranian nation is smarter than falling into the trap of the Zionists. They are thinking to create chaos.”Friday’s attack happened in Absard, a village just east of the capital that is a retreat for the Iranian elite. Iranian state television said an old truck with explosives hidden under a load of wood blew up near a sedan carrying Fakhrizadeh.
As Fakhrizadeh’s sedan stopped, at least five gunmen emerged and raked the car with rapid fire, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency said.Fakhrizadeh died at a hospital after doctors and paramedics couldn’t revive him. Others wounded included Fakhrizadeh’s bodyguards. Photos and video shared online showed a Nissan sedan with bullet holes in the windshield and blood pooled on the road. headtopics.com
Hours after the attack, the Pentagon announced it had brought the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier back into the Middle East, an unusual move as the carrier already spent months in the region. It cited the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq as the reason for the decision, saying “it was prudent to have additional defensive capabilities in the region to meet any contingency.”
ADVERTISEMENTThe attack comes just days before the 10-year anniversary of the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari that Tehran also blamed on Israel. That and other targeted killings happened at the time that the so-called Stuxnet virus, believed to be an Israeli and American creation, destroyed Iranian centrifuges.
Those assaults occurred at the height of Western fears over Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran long has insisted its program is peaceful. However, Fakhrizadeh led Iran’s so-called AMAD program that Israel and the West have alleged was a military operation looking at the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon. The International Atomic Energy Agency says that “structured program” ended in 2003.
IAEA inspectors monitor Iranian nuclear sites as part of the now-unraveling nuclear deal with world powers, which saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.After Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from the deal, Iran has abandoned all those limits. Experts now believe Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make at least two nuclear weapons if it chose to pursue the bomb. Meanwhile, headtopics.com
an advanced centrifuge assembly plant at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility exploded in July in what Tehran now calls a sabotage attack.Fakhrizadeh, born in 1958, had been sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council and the U.S. for his work on AMAD. Iran always described him as a university physics professor. A member of the Revolutionary Guard, Fakhrizadeh had been seen in pictures in meetings attended by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a sign of his importance in Iran’s theocracy.
In recent years, U.S. sanctions lists name him as heading Iran’s Organization for Defensive Innovation and Research. The State Department described that organization last year as working on “dual-use research and development activities, of which aspects are potentially useful for nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems.”
Iran’s mission to the U.N., meanwhile, described Fakhrizadeh’s recent work as “development of the first indigenous COVID-19 test kit” and overseeing Tehran’s efforts at making a possible coronavirus vaccine.___Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Read more: The Associated Press »
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Iran’s supreme leader tr_khamenei_ir is a moronic tool of the devil, who has daily relations with a herd of goats Iran’s supreme leader khamenei_ir Is GAY for Israel ELINTNews The terrorist Iranian govt Exactly Trump pompous ass an Natya give a fuck set it up all about favors an money! Look how Israel do the Palestine people Karma a bitch!
Remember that when they come for Israel an US. Black folks got nothing to do with this shit . All white folks greed an dominance! What the f is wrong with Israel and the US mike Pompus ass was up to something with those trips. Try to sabotage Biden smh US is for shit! Biden had nothing to do with it. Isn't religion just grand?!
NewsRadio930 If I were Iranian, I'd want revenge on us too. NewsRadio930 kinda looks like they got him. Why can’t we just turn that area into glass? Drop another fat man and little boy on their asses. netanyahu is a terrorist and a coward. Israel should take Plaid_Netanyahu out of office and put him in jail where he belongs. SecPompeo certainly went to Israel to okay this operation if not to arrange it. Scum GOP
I'd guess the team came ashore near Nur & came through the Lar National Park with all their gear- but somewhere along the way they had to steal a truck. I'm impressed. Notice media like ap and cnn and, well all of them don't ridicule the iranians 'supreme leader' title? Why do our liberals accept this title but call our own president fascist, dictator and other stupid names,?
well if they can find the assassins they can string them up Americans are dumb enough to believe the same people about Iran after they were lied to about Iraq’s “WMD’s”, Love is blind when it comes to “israel” the unseen Enemy NewsRadio930 Always the prey of their retaliation will be innocent air passengers/their own citizens. If they shoot at Israe,may be fall on Tehran. Alert!!!
andThisAndThat Hey Iran.. donny did it.. do you know where he lives? That’s what he always says. ELINTNews 🤣 NewsRadio930 My opinion, never!!! never going to happen. I do fear that a terrorist group may get their hands on some type of nuclear weapon What did they expect? Iran is the worlds largest sponsor of state terror. However, when Biden gets in he will send them more pallets of cash.
It wasn’t a killing. It was a mostly-peaceful protest. The 1,126,940 votes were created out of thin air. I won Pennsylvania by a lot, perhaps more than anyone will ever know. The Pennsylvania votes were RIGGED. All other swing states also. The world is watching! trump2020 democrats traitor He should have done more heroin, he would still be alive. Probaly one of those 'infidel Iranians', who have been using Asian fentanyl . Allah took wrath on him, for using another God's drugs.
As this video shows, the Obama administration was rife with war criminals who made money for the billionaires that manufacture weapons, deploy private soldiers, get paid to rebuild the countries we bomb and who steal the oil. BarackObama JoeBiden HillaryClinton Glad they got this horrible war criminal!
This is crazy, it's like BLM, going after the PERSON instead of the POLICY. There's just no excuse for this. It will be interesting to see how many nations dare to condemn this 'alleged' Israel/US terrorist attack. Another scum bag terrorist kill just like that General salami dude. So now Iran has one more reason to build nuclear weapons.
Solimani blew his lid gruesome truth... who is watching the kids in OUR white house ? What a beautiful sight....Iran's Nuclear program on the pavement A horrible picture, and one I'm certain DIDN'T NEED TO APPEAR So israel will drag the US into a war with Iraq? Oh, that's just great. Don’t worry. his bark is a lot worse than his bite!
Attacking a sovereign state like Iran will only cause a retailiation. It was CIA Jokes on all of you, the scientist was holding a jar of strawberry jam... This isn't self defense. It's terrorism. 'Yeah this is a great image for this news story', the associated press editors all said standing and speaking in unison. 'add the gore to really balance out the story don't want to just scare Americans before they even read the article!' They theb began laughing maniacally.
That’s so nasty and wrong . It’s never going to stop. This behavior is inherit in human nature . It’s disgusting that we haven’t changed in 40’000 years CappyAnderson OMFG! I can't believe you tweeted that picture! Shit! Ooooh never mind Can you please not show the photos? I have already seen enough death and murder for one lifetime. You can tell the story without the gore.
Words are cheap! What they are going to do? Hit another Ukrainian airplane!? Now the left wing median can start showing gore photos of terrorist attacks in Europe. Offensive pic Did Bestgore hack your account? Temper temper sed Ali Mossad doesn't mess around. Last month they assassinated a top Al Qaeda leader.
Netanyahu the clown blatantly committed an act of war. This is an act of terrorism. Scientists are NOT part of the military. Imagine if any other country did this to Israel BBC SKY 4 CNN LBC would be jumping up & down like psychopaths. We have had enough of this biased shite. Gulf of Tonkin — here we come.
Uh oh. We’ve become so desensitized. Probably inside job, trying to muddy the waters before MAGA2020 Is that the scientist there on the street? Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for “definitive punishment of the perpetrators and those who ordered” the attack on Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Iranian officials have blamed Israel, which has yet to comment on the killing.
Oh my God. 🙏 Words are cheap. realmobius01 Maybe stop making nukes and exporting terror 🤔 Book a flight to Israel then. Jesus fuck All foam, no beer. The only problem I have with the photo is there’s not a lot more of them Ass holes in it! I’m here for the comments 😂. I just knew soft ass civilians was going to cry about seeing gore. What you think they killed him with? Teddy Bears? This is real life...
ELINTNews SHAKSHUKA Chile... I thought that was a leg with splattered blood on the concrete 😭😭 iran is such a joke. retaliation? what are they going to do shoot down another one of their own planes or ships? Mossad is a global terrorist organization Iran doesn't like terrorist acts unless they are the ones responsible. Got it.
Yeah what are they gonna do, get turned into mush like this dude? How much closer are we to nuclear war? It's amusing how many people are more offended by an aftermath photo than by the act which produced it. Sadly, there's still no cure for stupid. Hope it was quick He was not a 'Scientist' He even didn't have a PhD degree. He was just an IRGC terrorist who leads the nuclear program. That's it
Trump war on Iran+++ Recount trump demanded gives Biden more votes!!!!!Trump has Got to be the Worst dishonest,stupidest, most criminal, racist impeached ,planet disaster Leader ever with the exception of Current UK Johnson and his government. USA 300000 and UK 72000 C19 deaths. He was an intelligent man and his brain pieces are splattered all over the place. This is what nationalism does
Sorry nuclear scientist! nytimes , pls learn, even the military scientist is still awkward but yet reasonable. How come you quote him nuclear program head ? where is benjamin netanyahu ? house I guess there is no chance now for the Swedish national in Iran not to be executed. The Swedes can thank Mossad.
motorcycle ninjas at it again Wtf AP? Is this image choice really necessary? Yeah, they won’t do shit Do they know real couterpart? No prejudice recommended. looks like smashed watermelon 🍉 Send a DM if you need your credit card debt cleared I'm a Powerball lottery winner and I'm doing this to give back to the society during this pandemic and beyond
Somebody dropped uncooked hamburger and french fries? CraigSJ Damn AP, the image choice is a bit aggressive No empty threats..or it will never stop. Iranian Supreme leader is Ixlamofascist who is biggest threat for peace in Middle East, he needs to be terminated like solemani, he is the reason Iranian women are living in oppression, Iran needs to be secular country for that they need leader like Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
I'm glad you're not censoring this photo. We Americans have been hand fed candy coated censored photo journalism for far too long. While disgusting, it's refreshing that you opted for a photo that reflects the reality of the situation. You sure that was the best picture to go with? Many pices of brains
Didn’t they say the same thing when we killed the rat from the IRGC? Please if they’re going to retaliate they going to wait till Biden is in because they know they can’t fuck with Trump. My God , how about a content warning Lovely photo could’ve picked any other photo? Lmao Pretty hardcore using that as the thumbnail image.
90% of news about covid and trump 😳 Fuck Iran. Iran is a barking dog🤣🤣🤣 Holy shit wtf