Tehran: Iran has officially accused Israel of assassinating top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. An Iranian military official said, ‘The weapons used for his assassination were made in Israel. We will seek revenge on the ones responsible for the killing of Fakhrizadeh. The assassins will be delivered a precise and decisive retaliation.’ Furthermore, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi made inciting remarks by announcing to double the uranium enrichment along with the military retaliation.
Iranian leaders and security agencies have blamed Israel alone of being responsible for assassinating Fakhrizadeh by attacking his car. In an interview with a news outlet, spokesperson for the AEOI Kamalvandi said that the perpetrators who carried out the attacks on the Natanz nuclear facility a few months ago were the ones who had assassinated Fakhrizadeh as well.
Also, during interviews with news channels, Iranian security officials informed that the weapons seized from Fakhrizadeh’s murder spot bore markings of Israeli make. One Iranian website has claimed that Israel used advanced weaponry controlled by satellites to execute Fakhrizadeh’s assassination.
Severe reactions are emerging over the Fakhrizadeh killing from Iran’s political as well as military circles. AEOI Spokesperson Kamalvandi announced that ‘We must deliver a twofold retaliation to the assassination of a nuclear scientist. Launching decisive attacks on the perpetrators is certainly necessary. Simultaneously, we will double the uranium enrichment to retaliate the attacks.’ In addition, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has instructed scientists to accelerate the pace of the nuclear program.
The Iranian parliament also ratified a few bills on an urgent basis. One of the bills includes scaling up the uranium enrichment to twice the limit set for a month for Iran’s nuclear program. The parliament demanded speeding up the Natanz nuclear facility and denying an entry to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors in the country from now on.
Slogans for the destruction of the US and Israel were chanted in the Iranian parliament. Besides, Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami declared the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh would not hamper the pace of Iranian nuclear program.
Last month, the IAEA had expressed concern over Iran violating the nuclear deal and enriching uranium 12 times the set limit. Given the circumstances, the reactions emerging from Iran after the killing of Fakhrizadeh are even more concerning.