Iranian president vows to retaliate over nuclear scientist’s assassination | World News

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to retaliate for the killing of one the country’s prominent nuclear scientists.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was injured after gunmen fired at his car in an ambush near Tehran. He died later in hospital.

And in a televised speech, Mr Rouhani has accused Israel of the killing.

“Our people are wiser than to fall in the trap of the Zionist regime (Israel)… Iran will surely respond to the
martyrdom of our scientist at the proper time,” he said.

Hassan Rouhani has issued an ultimatum to the remaining world power of the 2015 nuclear deal
Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will ‘surely retaliate at the proper time’
Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif quickly suggested Israel was behind the attack
Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested Israel was behind the attack

Earlier, Hossein Dehghan, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader and a candidate in the country’s election next year, had also issued a warning to the perpetrators, and appeared to add his voice to claims that Israel carried out the attack.

“In the last days of their gambling ally’s political life, the Zionists seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown war,” Mr Dehghan wrote, appearing to refer to US President Donald Trump.

“We will descend like lightning on the killers of this oppressed martyr and we will make them regret their actions!”

Mr Trump has been a vocal critic of the Iranian nuclear project throughout his presidency, and has enjoyed a strong relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel has long alleged that Mr Fakhrizadeh had led a military nuclear programme in the early 2000s, but the country declined to comment following the news on Friday.

The country’s mission to the United Nations described Mr Fakhrizadeh’s work, saying he was overseeing efforts to produce a coronavirus vaccine, and “development of the first indigenous COVID-19 test kit”.

The attack happened in Absard, a small city just east of the capital Tehran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, which is believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guard.

A view shows the site of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Mr Fakhrizadeh was reportedly in a car when he was shot at by several gunmen

State television said a truck with explosives hidden under a pile of wood blew up near a car that was carrying Mr Fakhrizadeh.

As the car stopped, at least five gunmen emerged and shot at the vehicle, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said.

Pictures and videos circulating online showed a Nissan saloon car with bullet holes through the windshield and blood stains on the road.

A view shows the site of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
A view shows the site of the attack that killed the Iranian scientist

Those injured in the attack, including the nuclear scientist’s bodyguards, were later taken to a local hospital, Tasnim said.

While no group has immediately claimed responsibility of the attack, Iranian media has noted the interest that Mr Netanyahu had previously shown in the nuclear scientist.

Mr Netanyahu called him out in a news conference in 2018, saying, “Remember that name”, in reference to Mr Fakhrizadeh.

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