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Iran to give a 'calculated' response to nuclear scientist killing, says official



A protester holds a picture of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS


DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will give a "calculated and decisive" response to the killing of its top nuclear scientist, said a top adviser to Iran's supreme leader, while a hardline newspaper suggested Tehran's revenge should include striking the Israeli city of Haifa.


"Undoubtedly, Iran will give a calculated and decisive answer to the criminals who took Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh from the Iranian nation," Kamal Kharrazi, who is also head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said in a statement.


Fakhrizadeh, long suspected by Western and Israeli government of masterminding a secret nuclear weapons program, was ambushed on a highway near Tehran on Friday and gunned down in his car.


Iran's clerical and military rulers have blamed the Islamic Republic's longtime enemy, Israel, for the killing. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has declined to comment on the killing. An Israeli cabinet minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, said on Saturday he did not know who carried it out.


A top advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader has warned that those responsible for killing one of the country's top nuclear scientists would face a "calculated and decisive" response. Tehran blames Israel for the attack. David Doyle reports.


Iranian hardline media called on Sunday for a tough revenge.


The hardline Kayhan daily, whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for an attack on the Israeli port city of Haifa, if an Israeli role in Fakhrizadeh's killing is proven.


"The attack should be carried out in such a way that in addition to destroying the facilities, it should also cause heavy human casualties," wrote Saadollah Zarei in an opinion piece.


However, Iran's rulers are aware of daunting military and political difficulties of attacking Israel. Such an attack would also complicate any effort by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to revive detente with Tehran after he takes office on Jan. 20.


Tensions have been high between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when President Donald Trump exited Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with six major powers and reimposed sanctions that have hit Iran's economy hard. In retaliation, Tehran has gradually breached the deal's curbs on its nuclear programme.


Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Frances Kerry)




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Blah Blah Blah, what ever you do or however you act, so you'll kill some jews or Israeli, however, you'll continue to enrich uranium to be a menace or threat or for the sole purpose of destroying anot

Enriched uranium is needed for nuclear power plants as well , there is no proof that the iranians are really working on a nuclear bomb . They officially always denied this ... but if one can beli

Where’s the fun in all this ?

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2 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Does that come as a surprise?

No, Not a surprise, but who knows, knows, unlike Iran the bully, we going to do this and that, always the bully and the world doesn't care if one day they will possess a nuke and than the bully will become a thug...

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Certainly an Israeli tactic taking out the leaders although they couldn't never get Arafat, Be careful Iran the Americans and the Israeli's have some fire power pointing straight at you and the worlds most powerful submarine is parked just off the coast.

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