Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has condemned the US and Israeli spy agencies, CIA and Mossad, for the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
"This cowardly [act of] terror, whose
perpetrators and plotters will never dare to confess to their dirty and
hideous crime or accept responsibility for it, has been carried out by
the planning or support of CIA and Mossad [spy] services, like all other
crimes of the network of international state terrorism,” said Ayatollah
Khamenei late on Thursday in a message of condolence on the death of
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
The assassination attempt shows that "the global arrogance
spearheaded by the US and Zionism has reached a deadlock in
confrontation with the determined, devout, and progressive nation of
Islamic Iran,” the leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say that Iran's rapid scientific
progress is not dependent on individuals but is a "historic movement”
and arises from the "invulnerable national resolve” of Iranians.
Insisting that the Iranian nation will continue on its path with
determination, the leader pointed out that Iranians will not overlook
the crime and never stop efforts to bring the perpetrators and those
behind the assassination to justice.
On January 11, an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to
the scientist's car near a college building of Allameh Tabatabaei
University in Tehran. Ahmadi Roshan was immediately killed and his
driver, who had sustained injuries, died a few hours later in hospital.
Ahmadi Roshan, a Sharif University of Technology chemical
engineering graduate and the deputy director of marketing at iran's
Natanz nuclear facility, was killed immediately and his driver, who had
sustained injures, passed away a few hours later in hospital.
The latest terrorist attack comes as Iran has reached an agreement
with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States
plus Germany -- to hold negotiations in Turkey.
The US, Israel and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military
nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to sway the
UNSC to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.
Based on these accusations, they have also repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike.
This is while in November 2011, some of the US presidential hopefuls
called for conducting covert operations ranging from assassinating
Iranian nuclear scientists to launching a military strike on Iran as
well as sabotaging Tehran's nuclear program.
The calls for assassinations are not idle threats as a number of
Iranian scientists have been assassinated over the past few years.
Professor Majid Shahriari and Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi are among
the victims of these acts of terror.
On November 29, 2010, Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted
by terrorist attacks; Shahriari was killed immediately and Dr. Abbasi,
the current director of iran's Atomic Energy Organization, only
Iran says as the UN Resolution 1747, adopted against Tehran in March
2007, cited Abbasi's name as a "nuclear scientist," the perpetrators
were in a position to trace their victim.
According to reports, Ahmadi Roshan had recently met International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, a fact which indicates that the
IAEA has leaked information about iran's nuclear facilities and