Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran

Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country’s defence ministry has confirmed.

Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran
Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran

Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Zarif tweeted about it blaming Israel and alled the killing “as an act of state terror”..

Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county.

Western intelligence agencies view Fakhrizadeh as being behind a covert Iranian nuclear weapons programme.

After Soleimani death, this is the next high level loss to the Mullah Regime of Iran.

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This attack comes at a time when the Gulf Nations including UAE and other countries are having peace deals with Israel and there is an environment of overall peace in the Middle East.

Western experts believe this assasination of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is an attempt to derail the peace process in the Middle east and can be a handy work of anyone opposed to the Mullah Regime of Iran. Iran’s Mullah Regime itself has enough enemies within Iran, it does not need an external intervention to make it fall.

As per the experts for the Mullah Regime of Iran, it is very easy to blame Israel and the US without any evidences. Iran needs to look for its enemies within instead of blaming Israel or the US.

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What do we know about Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Fakhrizadeh is an Iranian nuclear scientist and a senior officer of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

He has long been spoken about by Western security sources as extremely powerful and instrumental in Iran’s nuclear programme.

According to secret documents obtained by Israel in 2018, he led a programme to create nuclear weapons.

“Remember that name,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he identified Fakhrizedeh as the head scientist in the programme.

In 2018, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he claimed to be Iran’s secret atomic archive

In 2015, the New York Times compared him to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who directed the Manhattan Project that during World War Two produced the first atomic weapons.

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A professor of physics, Fakhrizadeh is said to have led Project Amad, the alleged covert programme that was established in 1989 to research the potential for building a nuclear bomb. It was shut down in 2003, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA has long wanted to speak to him as part of its investigations into Iran’s nuclear programme.

Suspicions that Iran was using the programme as a cover to develop a nuclear bomb prompted the EU, US and UN to impose crippling sanctions in 2010.

In 2015, Iran reached a deal with six powers – the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – that saw it limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

Israel has long been opposed to the deal and US President Donald Trump abandoned it in May 2018. However, Joe Biden has pledged to reengage with Iran when he takes over the presidency in January.

“If Iran ever chose to weaponise (enrichment), Fakhrizadeh would be known as the father of the Iranian bomb,” one Western diplomat told Reuters news agency in 2014.

News of the killing comes amid fresh concern about the increased amount of enriched uranium that Iran is producing. Enriched uranium is a vital component for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes. However the Western Intelligence Agencies have the evidences to the contrary that Iran has been working on Nuclear Weapons program with help from another neighboring Roug Nuclear nation.

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Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated and Iran has accused Israel of complicity in the killings.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was specifically mentioned in Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation about Iran’s nuclear programme in May 2018.

How Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died?

In a statement on Friday, Iran’s defence ministry said: “Armed terrorists targeted a vehicle carrying Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the ministry’s research and innovation organisation.

“After a clash between the terrorists and his bodyguards, Mr Fakhrizadeh was severely injured and rushed to hospital.

“Unfortunately, the medical team’s efforts to save him were unsuccessful and minutes ago he passed away.”

Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran : Bullet holes on the Car
Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran : Bullet holes on the Car

Iranian media reports said the attackers opened fire on the scientist in his car.

Some Iranian reports claim it was a suicide attack, but the bullet holes in Fakhrizadeh’s car cast some doubt on that.

Fars news agency earlier reported there was a car explosion in Absard town, with witnesses reporting that “three to four individuals, who are said to have been terrorists, were killed”.

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What has the reaction been?

“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today,” Iran’s foreign minister said in a tweet..

“This cowardice – with serious indications of Israeli role – shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”

Mr Zarif called on the international community to “condemn this act of state terror”.

The foreign ministry paid tribute to Fakhrizadeh as a “martyr”.

The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said that Iran will avenge the killing of the scientist.

“Assassination of nuclear scientists is the most obvious violation of the global hegemony to prevent our access to modern sciences,” said Major General Hossein Salami.

There has been no comment from Israel on the news of the assassination. The Pentagon has also declined to comment, according to Reuters.

The killing of Fakharizadeh is a blow to Iran’s Nuclear Program.

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Points to Ponder

At a time when Gulf Nations are having a new era of Peace with Israel, isn’t this attack an attempt to defame Israel and derail the peace process?

Would the new US Government continue to follow the earlier Policies of President Trump and block any nuclear deals with Mullah Regime of Iran? Or will like the Obama Administration, Iran will be offered a nuclear deal and besides that will be rewarded for putting the entire middle east at ransom?

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