Iran’s senior-most nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near capital Tehran. Fakhrizadeh was the head of research and innovation organization of the Defence Ministry. Foreign Minister of Iran Javed Zarif tweeted after Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed. Terrorists brutally killed an eminent Irani Scientist today.
The Irani Government has blamed the Israeli secret organisation behind this terror attack. The Iran Government calls on the International community and European Union to end their shameful double standards and condemn this act. According to a local media report, Hossien Deghdan who is the military adviser to Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed to avenge Fakhrizadeh’s death.
Who was Mohsin Farkhrizadeh?
One of the most important and prominent nuclear scientists of Iran and was also a member of the Elite Islamic revolutionary guard. According to BBC News, he was the key person although Israel has alleged in the past especially since Iran breached its nuclear deal commitment.
Earlier in 2020, Iran said it would not abide limitations on enriching uranium thereby refusing to follow the 2015 nuclear deal that it has signed with 6 major countries. In a letter addressed to the United Nation Iran’s UN ambassador said that Fakhrizadeh the most prominent scientist of Iran.
He was most recently involved in the development of the first Covid-19 testing kit thus his assassination is ” cowardly” act. Iran’s UN ambassador said there is a serious indication of “Israeli involvement” and another attempt to wreak havoc in his region. He further said Israel has tried to disrupt Iran’s scientific and technological development.
How was Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated?
According to Iran’s FARS news agency, Fakhrizadeh’s car was targeted by an explosion and machine gun in Absurd. The assassination area is located about 40 km east of capital Tehran. As per FARS news, about three to four individuals got killed in this attack and all of them seem to be terrorists.
Defence Minister released a statement in which he said that in the shootout scientist was wounded and taken to hospital.
What are the implications of killing?
According to the report in New York times, the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh could complicate the effort of Joe Biden. Joe Biden, the newly elected US president, is trying to revive the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The relation between the US and Iran is not good at all. Initially in 1979 during the Iranian revolution ties became acrimonious.
The relationship has continued to worsen since Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal and imposed harsh sanction on Iran. Therefore Mohsen Farkhrizadeh’s assassination could be an attempt to slow down Iran’s nuclear program. Last year a US strike killed Major General Qaseem Soleimani the Iranian revolutionary guard commander.
How the world reacted on Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
Iran supreme leader Ali Hossein Khamenei said on the assassination that their priority after the killing was the punishment of the perpetrator and those who are behind it. While President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel of being behind this Killing.
Further, Rouhani said “once again evil hands of global arrogance were stained with blood of the mercenary usurper Zionist regime”
Irani Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif also accused behind this
Israeli cabinet Ministry of settlement affair said they had no clue who was behind the Fakhrizadeh killing. Minister of settlement affair said i have no clue and knowledge about the assassination. ” It is not that my lips are sealed because I am being a responsible minister and confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
3. United Nations.
The United Nation condemned Fakhrizadeh’s killing and urged to avoid an “escalation of tension”. We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that would lead to an escalation of tension in the region. Further United Nation said they condemn the assassination and extrajudicial killing.
4. European Union.
Spokesperson of the European Union made a statement after the assassination called “a criminal act.” That runs a counter to the principle of respect for human rights the EU stands for. It also urged all parties to show “calm and maximum restraint.” In this uncertain time, it is more important for all the parties to be calm. It also urges maximum restraint to avoid tension and war which cannot be in anyone’s interest.
Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman condemned the assassination in a phone call with Zarif. In a phone call with Zarif, “Sheikh Mohammad said” such steps will only add fuel on the fire at a time. When the international community is searching for ways to reduce tension and return to dialogue and diplomatic talk. Zarif also extended Qatar’s condolences to the government and the people of Iran.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on Sunday expressed condolences in a phone call with an Iranian official. Hussein also said this terrorist act would contribute to instability in the region and urged to maintain peace.
The United Arab Emirates condemned this assassination and called on all parties to exercise self-restraint to avoid instability in the region.
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused Israel and those who support it. These acts would create instability in the region and also said any retaliation would add fuel.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned Fakhrizadeh’s killing as “heinous assassination. Further Turkey said the perpetrator should be held accountable. On Sunday the Ministry urged all the sides to act with common sense and restraint”.
Germany called for calm and said all sides should avoid taking any step that would lead to escalation. Further German Foreign Ministry spokesman said they do not need these types of tension at this moment.