Nuclear Assassination in IRAN

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has vowed revenge after the killing of the country's chief nuclear scientist, as top officials pile blame on Israel.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who became the face of Iran's controversial nuclear program, was killed in a district east of Tehran on Friday, in what Iranian officials are calling an assassination.

"There are two matters that people in charge should put in their to do list: 1- To follow up the atrocity and retaliate against those who were responsible for it. 2- To follow up Martyr Fakhrizadeh's scientific and technical activities in all fields in which he was active," Khamenei wrote Saturday in a tweet from an account often attributed to him, making a veiled reference to the country's nuclear activities.

ran is plotting a “calculated and decisive” response to the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, according to an adviser to the country’s supreme leader, as calls for a retalitory attack escalate.

An opinion piece published in a hard-line newspaper suggested that Iran attack the port city of Haifa, causing “heavy human causalities,” if Israel carried out the killing.

“Undoubtedly, Iran will give a calculated and decisive answer to the criminals who took Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh from the Iranian nation,” Kamal Kharrazi, the adviser who also leads Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Iranian experts to preserve the scientific and technical legacy of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and ordered the punishment of his assassins. 

“One of our country’s eminent scientists in the nuclear and defense fields - Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh -has been martyred by brutal mercenaries. With his great, enduring scientific efforts, he sacrificed his life on the path of God and the lofty status of martyrdom is his divine reward,” the Leader said in a message released on Saturday.

Ayatollah Khamenei added, “All relevant administrators must seriously place two crucial matters on their agendas: 1st to investigate this crime and firmly prosecute its perpetrators and its commanders, 2nd to continue the martyr’s scientific and technological efforts in all the sectors where he was active.”

Former CIA Director John O. Brennan said the killing of Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi was a “criminal act” and “highly reckless” while warning Iran not to retaliate in a tweet Friday.

“This was a criminal act & highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict. Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage & to resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits.”

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