Iran accuses Israel of assassinating one of its eminent scientists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. According to President Hassan Rouhani, the Hebrew state wishes to sow “chaos”. Parliament signed an appeal to avenge this death.
On November 28, Iranian authorities accused Israel of being behind the assassination of Iranian atomist scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, killed the day before near Tehran. President Hassan Rohani assured that the Hebrew state wished to sow “chaos”, and promised that Fakhrizadeh’s death would be avenged “in due course”. He added that Israel had acted as a “mercenary” of the United States.
“Once again, the ruthless hands of global arrogance, with the usurping Zionist regime as its mercenary, are stained with the blood of a son of this nation,” denounced the Iranian president in an official statement.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 59, died in a car bomb attack followed by gunfire on his car, Iran’s defense ministry said on November 27. He specified that the victim was at the head of his research and innovation department. He was notably in charge of atomic defense.
In Parliament, the deputies unanimously signed on November 29 an appeal to avenge the scientist. They advocate the passage of a law that would allow Iran to end the authorization given to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its nuclear facilities.
The statement by members of the Majlis (Iran’s parliament) was read out to representatives on November 29. It states that “such atrocity brings about an immediate and regrettable response” and proposes “a revival of the brilliant nuclear industry of the country by terminating its voluntary adherence to the Additional Protocol”. Parliament spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf called for a “strong response” to what Iran considers an assassination.
Fakhrizadeh accused of being the head of a military nuclear program
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was accused in April 2018 by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being the head of an Iranian nuclear program for military purposes which Iran has always denied.
His remains were honored during a religious service at a prominent Shia shrine in the holy city of Mashhad. She was taken to the mausoleum of Imam-Réza. Iranian Defense Ministry says body to be transferred to central Qom for a ceremony at a Shiite holy site ahead of the funeral announced for November 30, which will take place after a tribute at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in Tehran.
The United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018
This event occurs a few weeks before Joe Biden’s probable arrival at the White House after the announcement of his victory by the American media. The latter says he wants to reintegrate the United States into the international Iranian nuclear agreement concluded in Vienna in 2015. This provides for the limitation of the Iranian nuclear program, its confinement to the civilian field, a lifting of international sanctions against it. Iran as well as a strengthening of IAEA controls.
Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of this pact in 2018 in order to exert “maximum pressure” against Tehran, putting in place sanctions that plunged the Iranian economy into recession and pushed Iran to stop applying most of the commitments made in Vienna.