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Iran seeks change to international conventions to prevent scientists killings: FM

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the Mehr News Agency on Monday that the Iranian Foreign Ministry is seeking a revision of relevant international conventions to prevent the assassination of its scientists.

A shrine at Tehran's Sharif University for assassinatted scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan

On the Foreign Ministry's activities to pursue the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, who was killed in Tehran on January 11, Salehi said that Iran has lodged complaints with international organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations, and the Islamic Cooperation Organization.

He also said, "We are seeking to make allowances for the prosecution of those who take such evil and mischievous actions... through the revision of some international conventions."

Iranian scientists have been the target of a campaign of terror over the past few years.

On January 12, 2010, Iranian elementary-particle physicist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was assassinated in a bomb attack.

On November 29, 2010, two prominent physicists were targeted by terrorists in two separate bombings. Professor Majid Shahriari was killed and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi 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.

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