Iran demands IAEA to condemn assassination of Fakhrizadeh

TEHRAN, Dec. 04 (MNA) – In a letter to IAEA Director-General, Iran's Permanent Representative to International Organizations called for clear and unconditional condemnation of the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

 Kazem Gharibabadi sent a letter to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi, saying, "This letter is about the cowardly terrorist act and brutal assassination of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a prominent physicist scientist of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which took place on November 27, 2020, in Absard, Tehran province."

"The assassination of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh comes as a continuation of the terrorist acts that began a decade ago with the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists in 2010, 2011 and 2012," he added.

"All these acts of terrorism require proper attention from the international community and related international organizations," Gharibabadi noted.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran frankly expects the International Atomic Energy Agency to condemn this terrorist act in a transparent and unconditional manner," he highlighted.

Iranian diplomat went on to say, "Immediately after the first instance of the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010, the Islamic Republic of Iran, in a letter to the then IAEA director-general, strongly protested the publication of the names of its scientists and experts in the IAEA reports that had been made available to it through related safeguards activities."

"The IAEA is strongly expected to end the process of unnecessarily publishing detailed information about Iran's nuclear program in its reports," the Iranian official stressed.

"There is clear evidence that the Israeli regime was involved in the terrorist attack, especially since Israeli officials had repeatedly named Dr. Fakhrizadeh and planned to assassinate him several times," he said.

Gharibabadi noted, "Such a brutal act of terrorism, like any other act of international terrorism, poses a threat to international peace and security and is contrary to the fundamental principles of international law and the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations as well as fundamental human rights."

"Iran believes that adopting a dual standard approach towards countries in the fight against terrorism will not only be unconstructive but will lead to the failure of the global fight against terrorism," he added.

He also demanded the letter be circulated as an IAEA official document. 

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