Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed Israel for killing the country’s nuclear scientist, saying Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted in the last days of US President Donald Trump’s tenure.
According to the details, Hassan Rouhani claimed in a press conference in Tehran that Israel was behind the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the scientist who founded the country’s nuclear program in 2000.
“The real purpose of the Zionist regime behind this assassination was to escalate the war and instability in the last days of the Trump administration,” he said.
For the first time since the assassination of the scientist, Hassan Rouhani directly accused Israel and vowed to take revenge.
“We will not allow Israel to decide the time or place of such aggression,” he said. He said Iran would not allow instability in the region.
Israel, on the other hand, has not yet responded to allegations that it killed an Iranian scientist.
“We believe that the situation will change under the new US administration,” Rouhani said, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
He said the missile program and regional issues had nothing to do with the nuclear deal and were no negotiations at all.
It may be recalled that last month, Iran’s famous nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadaeh was shot dead near the capital Tehran.
Iranian state media said gunmen opened fire on Mohsen Fakhrizada’s car, seriously injuring him and killing him in hospital.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been described by the West, Israel and Iran’s exiled enemies as a suspected mastermind of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program, although he has long denied building a nuclear weapon.
Iranian media quoted the Armed Forces as saying that “unfortunately the medical team could not save his life and a few moments ago Mohsen Fakhrizada achieved the high position of martyrdom after many years of hard work and struggle.”
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was the only Iranian scientist to be included in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 2015 “final analysis” of questions about Iran’s nuclear program and its purpose.
Later, an adviser to a senior Iranian official said that Iran would respond to the death of its nuclear scientist.
Kamal Kharrazi, head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said in a statement: “Undoubtedly, Iran has the right to give a thoughtful and decisive answer to the perpetrators of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s martyrdom.