Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi has said the recent terrorist attacks in Tehran show that the culprits have adopted a carrot and stick policy in the run-up to the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), which will be held in Geneva from December 6 to 7.
Salehi made the remarks in Tehran on Wednesday at the funeral ceremony of Professor Majid Shahriari, who was killed in one of the attacks.
On Monday, two prominent physicists were targeted by terrorists in two separate bombings. Professor Majid Shahriari was killed and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi Davani was injured in the attacks. The two academics were both on their way to work at Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran when they were attacked. The police say that in both incidents, terrorists riding motorcycles attached magnetic bombs to the physicists' cars.
Funeral procession for nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari in Tehran
On Wednesday, a number of other Iranian officials also condemned the terrorist attacks.
UN Security Council, Zionists are responsible
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that the permanent members of the UN Security Council must be held responsible for the attacks.
"They had named all these scientists in their resolutions as those who have been sanctioned," Ahmadinejad said in Tehran on Wednesday.
Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, who was wounded in the second bomb attack, was named in UN Security Council Resolution 1747, which was adopted in March 2007.
Officials attend funeral procession for Professor Majid Shahriari
Ahmadinejad added that the country's security forces will soon identify the perpetrators of the attacks and the enemies will regret their action after the Iranian nation's response.
He also stated that if the assassinations continue, "we will bring the permanent members of the UN Security Council to trial, one by one."
UN Security Council members behind attacks
Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili said that UN Security Council member states are responsible for the attacks, adding, "It is a great scandal for the UN Security Council that terrorists implement its resolution."
Enemies cannot separate people from Islamic establishment
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi stated that the enemies will not be able to separate the Iranian people from the Islamic establishment and velayat-e faqih (rule of the supreme jurisprudent) by launching a soft war against Iran and assassinating its best scientists.
Such moves show the enemies' desperation in the face of the Iranian nation's resolve, Vahidi observed.
U.S., Zionists are responsible
First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi also condemned the terrorist acts, saying that the United States and the Zionist regime were behind the attacks.
Iran's scientific progress will gain momentum
Deputy Majlis Speaker Mohammad Hassan Abutorabifard stated that the assassination of Professor Shahriari will only accelerate the country's scientific progress.
Enemies have reached an impasse
In his condemnation of the attacks, the director of the Supreme Leader's Offices at Universities, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadian, said that the fact that Iranian scientists are being assassinated shows that the enemies have reached an impasse.
Assassinations are enemies' last resort
Former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, who is currently the foreign policy advisor of the Supreme Leader, stated that the enemies have done everything in their power to undermine Iran and have failed, so they have resorted to assassinations.
Shahriari was a thorn in the eye of U.S.
Basij Commander Mohammad-Reza Naqdi stated that Professor Shahriari was a "thorn in the eye of the United States" and that is why he was assassinated.
Desperate moves show Israel and its allies are on the decline
Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaii said that Israel and its allies were behind the attacks, but such moves show that they are on the verge of decline.
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