The Iranian Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday, November 27, the assassination of prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadhe.
Fakhrizadeh died of injuries in hospital after armed assassins fired on his car, Iranian media reported.
In 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused him publicly of being “the father of the Iranian nuclear bomb”, although Iran has long denied seeking to weaponize nuclear energy.
Breaking: Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist Killed
You know this went down like a scene from Mission Impossible or a James Bond movie. Millions of lives were probably saved today.
Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist killed in attack outside Tehranhttps://t.co/BPoIOyDdIs
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) November 27, 2020
“Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving (Fakhrizadeh), and a few minutes ago, this manager and scientist achieved the high status of martyrdom after years of effort and struggle,” Iran’s armed forces said in a statement carried by state media.
Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, commented on the news on Twitter, writing:
“The assassination of nuclear scientists is the most obvious violent confrontation of the imperialist system to prevent us from gaining access to modern science.”
قطعاً عاملان این جنایت بزرگ مجازات خواهند شد و راه شهید فخری زاده نیز پرشتاب تر از گذشته تداوم خواهد یافت. pic.twitter.com/9EWZHIfVF1
— حسین سلامی (@salamy_ir) November 27, 2020
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif directly blamed Israel for the assassination:
“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”
Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators
Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 27, 2020
Zarif also urged the international community to condemn the assassination of the Iranian top scientist.
(Axios, MEMO, The Palestine Chronicle)