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Iran urges UN to condemn Tehran hit

Source: Press TV

Iran's permanent ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has criticized the world body for its inaction over the assassination of an Iranian scientist last month.

Majid Shahriari was killed in a terrorist attack in the early hours of November 29 in the capital Tehran.

Another academic Fereydoun Abbasi was also targeted in a separate similar attack the same day, but survived the terror bombing with injuries.

Khazaei wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and heads of the body's General Assembly as well as the Security Council on Friday, condemning the "inhumane and criminal" murder of Shahriari.

"This is not the first time that scientists specializing in the fields pertaining to our country's peaceful nuclear program are attacked. Also last [Iranian calendar] year, another Iranian scientist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, [was assassinated]," Khazaei wrote.

The Iranian diplomat was referring to another deadly bombing on January 12, 2010 that left the Iranian university professor dead in front of his house in the capital.

Dr. Majid Shahriari's Memorial ceremony in Tehran

"The Islamic Republic of Iran expects this organization (the UN) to condemn such acts of terror in line with its obligations and take efficient steps to eradicate terrorism in all its forms," the letter urged.

Khazaei said Israeli elements masterminded and carried out the attacks in order to derail Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

"But these acts as well as diplomatic and economic pressures cannot dissuade the Iranian nation from securing and defending its nuclear rights," the letter further read.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will never compromise on its inalienable rights to peaceful nuclear activity," Khazaei emphasized.

The Iranian envoy finally called on the UN chief to publish the letter as a Security Council and General Assembly document.

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