Serious clues show Tel Aviv behind scientist terror attack

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations said that there are “serious indications of Israeli responsibility” in the assassination of an Iranian scientist and it reserves the right to defend itself.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council on Friday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi wrote, “The cowardly assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh -- with serious indications of Israeli responsibility in it – is another desperate attempt to wreak havoc on our region as well as to disrupt Iran’s scientific and technological development."

“Over the current decade, several top Iranian scientists have been targeted and assassinated in terrorist attacks and our firm evidence clearly indicates that certain foreign quarters have been behind such assassinations,” the letter added.

"Warning against any adventuristic measures by the United States and Israel against my country, particularly during the remaining period of the current administration of the United States in office, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its rights to take all necessary measures to defend its people and secure its interests," it said.

Referring to the significant role of martyr Fakhrizadeh in combating the COVID-19 disease in Iran, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said, “One of the latest services of Martyr Fakhrizadeh was his outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous COVID-19 test kit, which is a great contribution to our national efforts in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when Iran is under inhumane sanctions of the United States, strictly preventing our access to humanitarian goods including medicines and medical equipment."

He also urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council to strongly condemn the terrorist act and take necessary measures against its perpetrators.

Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi was targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran province.

According to the Public Relations Office of the Ministry of Defense, the prominent physicist, who headed its Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was sent to hospital immediately but was martyred due to the wounds he had sustained in the terrorist assault.

During the conflict, the security team protecting Iranian scientist were also injured and transferred to hospital.

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