President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will retaliate for the murder of the alleged top nuclear weapons scientist “in due course.”
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was ambushed and killed near Tehran and in what ‘officials’ are calling a terrorist attack.
Rouhani has charged Israel with the November 27 murder.
In a televised speech on Saturday, November 28, the president said: “Our people are wiser than to fall into the trap of the Zionist regime (Israel) … Iran will certainly respond in due time to the martyrdom of Israel. our scientist. “
This comes after an Iranian military commander said Iran would retaliate against killers who carried out the attack.
“We will attack the killers of this oppressed martyr like hell and make them regret their action,” Hossein Dehghan, military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote in a tweet.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged restraint.
We have taken note of reports that an Iranian nuclear scientist was murdered near Tehran today.
“We urge restraint and the need to avoid actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region,” said Guterres spokesman Farhan Haq.
According to reports, Western officials have long believed that Fakhrizadeh was the head of Iran’s secret nuclear program.
The Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of the physics professor and leading figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed there was evidence of an Israeli role in the scientist’s death
He demanded that Western countries, and in particular the European Union, immediately condemn the ‘act of state terror’.
He wrote in a tweet: “Terrorists killed a leading Iranian scientist today.
“This cowardice – with serious evidence of Israeli role – shows desperate bellicose perpetrators. Iran calls on the international community – and especially the EU – to end their shameful double standards and condemn this act of state terror. “
The Pentagon has declined to comment on the incident, Reuters reports.
Fakhrizadeh is believed to have been a key figure in developing the means to mount a warhead behind the facade of a declared civilian uranium enrichment program.
Iran denies ever attempting to develop a nuclear weapon.
Fakhrizadeh, believed to be a senior officer in the elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, was the only Iranian identified, according to the report.