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Iran's Khamenei urges punishing of those behind scientist's killing

  • Published at 04:06 pm November 28th, 2020
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
File photo: A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows Khamenei as he speaks during a meeting with Iranian government over the economic crisis, in Tehran on November 24, 2020 AFP

President Rouhani had earlier accused Israel of acting as a ‘mercenary’ for the US and seeking to create chaos by carrying out the assassination

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for the "punishing" of those behind the assassination of a top nuclear scientist, adding that his work must be carried forwards.

He called for "following up on this crime and certainly punishing the perpetrators and those responsible, and ... continuing the scientific and technical efforts of this martyr in all of the fields he was working in," according to a statement on the supreme leader's official website.

Khamenei called Mohsen Fakhrizadeh a "prestigious nuclear and defence scientist" and said he was "martyred by the hands of criminal and cruel mercenaries."

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"This unparallelled scientist gave his dear and valuable life to God because of his great and lasting scientific efforts, and the high prize of martyrdom is his divine reward," he added.

Fakhrizadeh was "martyred" after being seriously wounded when assailants targeted his car and engaged in a gunfight with his bodyguards outside the capital Tehran on Friday, according to Iran's defence ministry.

The ministry said that the scientist, who headed its reasearch and innovation organization, died after medics failed to revive him.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani had earlier accused Iran's arch-foe Israel of acting as a "mercenary" for the US and seeking to create chaos by carrying out the assassination.

Also read: Iran's Rouhani says Israel aims for chaos by assassinating scientist

"The nation of Iran is smarter than to fall in the trap of the conspiracy set by the Zionists. They are thinking of creating chaos, but they should know that we have read their hands and they will not succeed," Rouhani said in televised remarks.

He vowed that Iran will not "leave this criminal act unanswered" and will retaliate "in due time."

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