Iran Says Israel, Exiled Group Killed Scientist In Complex Operation
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Mon 30th November 2020 | 06:20 PM
Tehran, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2020 ) :Iran said Israel and an exiled opposition group used new and "complex" methods to assassinate its leading nuclear scientist, as it buried him Monday in a funeral befitting a top "martyr".
Iran's top security official, Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani of the Supreme National Security Council, said the "operation was very complex, using electronic equipment and no one was present at the scene".
Without citing sources, Fars itself reported the attack had been carried out with the help of "a remote-controlled automatic machinegun" mounted on a pickup truck.
- 'Martyr' - Fakhrizadeh's funeral was attended by several high-ranking officials, including Defence Minister Amir Hatami and Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami.
"If our enemies had not committed this heinous crime and spilled our dear martyr's blood, he might have remained unknown," Hatami said in a speech.
"But today, he who was only an idol for... his students and colleagues, is introduced to the whole world," he added, saying he would be an inspiration for "all who embark on the path to fight." "The enemies should know that this is their first defeat." Hatami had said after the scientist's death that Fakhrizadeh was one of his deputies and headed the ministry's Defence Research and Innovation Organization, focusing on the field of "nuclear defence".
A large display showed a picture of Fakhrizadeh next to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as former top general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a January drone strike by the US in Baghdad.
- Iran weighs retaliation - The assassination has led to demands for a strong response from Iran's leadership and calls by some conservative lawmakers to avoid entering potential negotiations with the United States, even as the hawkish presidency of Donald Trump draws to a close.
Iran's President Rouhani has accused Israel of acting as a US "mercenary", blaming it for the killing of Fakhrizadeh, and supreme leader Khamenei has called for the perpetrators to be punished.
Parliament on Sunday demanded a halt to international inspections of nuclear sites in the country, a step that could prove a fatal blow to the nuclear deal the Islamic republic agreed with world powers in 2015.
The head of the Expediency Council, Mohsen Razai, hinted Iran should leave the global non-proliferation treaty.
Rouhani has emphasised Iran will seek its revenge for the assassination in "due time" and not be rushed into a "trap".
- Enmity will 'never cease' - The funeral was not open to the public in order to maintain health protocols over the novel coronavirus pandemic, the defence ministry said.
Some "say we can make the enemy not have enmity (towards us) through talking. That is not possible," said the supreme leader's representative at the defence ministry, Ziaodin Aghajanpour, standing next to Fakhrizadeh's coffin.
"Why? Because the enemies are against the basis of the Islamic republic system," he added, emphasising that Iran's foes "will never cease their enmity."As part of the procession before the funeral, Fakhrizadeh's remains were taken on Saturday and Sunday to holy Shiite shrines in the northeastern city of Mashhad and Qom in central Iran, as well as the shrine of the founder of the Islamic republic, Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.