Topic: Iran's nuclear program
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan died in a car bomb explosion in Tehran on Wednesday© REUTERS/ IIPA/Sajad Safari
MOSCOW, January 13 (RIA Novosti)
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services of the involvement in the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a deputy director of Iran’s largest uranium enrichment plant, died in a car bomb explosion in Tehran on Wednesday. Local police sources said a motorcyclist attached a magnetic mine to his car.
"This cowardly murder, perpetrated by those who do not dare claim their abominable crime by accepting the responsibility, was committed like the other crimes with the planning or support of the intelligence services of the CIA and Mossad," Khamenei said in a message of condolences to Roshan’s family on Thursday.
“Such criminal acts show that the Imperialism and global arrogance headed by the US and international Zionism have come to a dead-end in their confrontation with the determined and pioneer Iranian nation,” he said.
The United States has already denied having anything to do with the Iranian scientist's murder, while Israel has not commented on its alleged involvement in the assassination.
The attack on Wednesday was similar to several other attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists in the past two years.
In January 2010 Professor Mahsud Ali Mohamed of Tehran University was killed outside his home. Local police say he died when a motorcycle exploded next to his car as he got into the vehicle.
In November of that year, bomb attacks killed two atomic scientists, Majid Shakhriani, and his colleague Dr. Fereidoun Davani-Abbasi, and injured their wives. In both cases, their cars were attacked by unknown motorcyclists.
Western nations claim Iran’s nuclear energy research is a cover for atomic weapons production, which Tehran has consistently denied.
Iran has recently begun enrichment of uranium to 20 percent at its Fordo facility as part of its nuclear program, the IAEA said on Monday. Russia said it was concerned by the move, which was condemned by the Western powers.
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- ruypenalvaBingo, Mossad04:13, 13/01/2012In Iran live many zionist and pro western people so that is easy to CIA or to Mossad to infiltrate spies and murders in Iran. These facts show Iran needs to tighten its inteligence services.
- arsanlupinWhat's the REAL solution?01:29, 14/01/2012I guess that facts show different things to different people. If there are so many "Zionist and pre-Western people" living in Iran, perhaps their government should be listening to THEIR points of view, too.
Another plausible conclusion might be "Hmmm ... perhaps trying to acquire nuclear weapons isn't such a great idea, after all ... "
Or maybe "Is having these really expensive toys no sane person would actually use really worth becoming an international pariah for the rest of time?"
Or maybe even "Is having these really expensive toys no sane person would actually use worth having our economy collapse?"
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