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Iranian envoy accuses Israel of killing nuclear physicist

14:03, 02 December 2020
Iranian envoy accuses Israel of killing nuclear physicist Photo: Iranian Defence Ministry Office/Global Look Press

Iranian envoy to Russia Kazem Jalali has stated that the Islamic Republic knows who is responsible for the killing of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Sputnik International reports.

In general, it is not big news that our enemies use terrorism against Iran. Moreover, we know who is behind everything, including some governments, the ambassador told the broadcaster Rossiya 24.

At the moment, all of the direct and indirect evidence we possess suggests that Israel is behind the attack, as it was before, he added.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, considered one of the masterminds of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, died after his car was apparently ambushed in a district east of Tehran. Photos from the scene showed the shattered windshield of a car and blood on the road.

Iranian state media said the killing appeared to be an assassination. Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami was quoted by Iran’s news agency ISNA as saying Fakhrizadeh was targeted by gunfire and a Nissan vehicle explosion before a firefight ensued.

Fakhrizadeh was head of the research center of new technology in the elite Revolutionary Guards and was a leading figure in Iran’s nuclear program for many years.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that Iranian authorities said they intend to severely punish those behind the assassination of Iranian top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.