Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Saturday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the US, blaming the Jewish state for assassinating one of Tehran’s prominent nuclear scientists the day before
Tehran, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 28th Nov, 2020 ) :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Saturday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the US, blaming the Jewish state for assassinating one of Tehran‘s prominent nuclear scientists the day before.
“Once again, the wicked hands of the global arrogance, with the usurper Zionist regime as the mercenary, were stained with the blood of a son of this nation,” Rouhani said in a statement on his official website, referring to the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Iran generally uses the term “global arrogance” to refer to the United States.
It added that Fakhrizadeh, who headed the ministry’s reasearch and innovation organisation, was later “martyred” after medics failed to revive him.
He offered condolences to “the scientific community and the revolutionary people of Iran.” Iran‘s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that there were “serious indications of an Israeli role” in the assassination.
The United States slapped sanctions on Fakhrizadeh in 2008 for “activities and transactions that contributed to the development of Iran‘s nuclear programme”, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once described him as the father of Iran‘s nuclear weapons programme.
Fakhrizadeh was targeted while travelling near Absard city in Tehran province’s eastern Damavand county.
The assassination comes less than two months before US President-elect Joe Biden is to take office.