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Iran says has evidence U.S., UK behind assassination of academic


Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued two protest notes addressed to the U.S. and British governments holding them accountable for a terrorist attack on Iranian academic.

Funeral of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, the assassinated Iranian scientist

Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in chemical engineering and an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, was assassinated in Tehran on January 11.

The message addressed to the U.S. government, read, "According to authentic documents and reliable information, the assassination plot was directed, supported, and planned by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was carried out with the direct involvement of the agents affiliated with this organization, and the government is directly responsible for it and should be answerable based on international regulations and rights and bilateral commitments."

The protest note was delivered to Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti.

Iran and the United States do not have diplomatic relations and the Swiss Embassy in Tehran hosts the U.S. Interests Section in Iran.

In the protest note, Iran also said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the inhumane assassination, calls on the U.S. government to provide an immediate explanation, seriously warns about its repercussions, and calls on the (U.S.) government to stop supporting any kind of anti-humanitarian terrorist action against the lives of Iranian citizens, which is in contravention of international rights and the relevant commitments and pose a serious danger to international peace and security. In addition, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to pursue the issue."

In the note addressed to the British government, the Foreign Ministry pointed to the remarks that MI6 chief Sir John Sawers made on October 28, 2010, in which he said, "Stopping nuclear proliferation cannot be addressed purely by conventional diplomacy. We need intelligence-led operations to make it more difficult for countries like Iran to develop nuclear weapons."

The note read, "The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran takes into consideration the fact that the assassinations of Iranian scientists began right after the announcement of the very attitude of the British government by Mr. John Sawers, the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, and once again expresses its protest about the repercussions of the mentioned attitude of the British government and holds the country responsible for such terrorists acts."

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.

On July 23, 2011, Dariush Rezaii, a university professor, was also killed in a terrorist attack in Tehran.

Head of Basij Militia Mohammadreza Naghdi and IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari at a funeral for Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan

Supreme Leader says Iran will not condone assassination of its academic

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Iran will never condone the assassination of its academic and will bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.

The Leader made the remarks in a message issued on January 12, in which he offered his condolences over the martyrdom of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in chemical engineering and an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, who was assassinated in Tehran on January 11.

Following are excerpts of Ayatollah Khamenei's message:

The cowardly assassination, whose perpetrators and masterminds will never dare to admit to their despicable and vicious crime and claim responsibility for it, like other crimes by the international network of state terrorism, was masterminded or backed by the CIA and Mossad agencies and indicated the fact that the global arrogance (forces of imperialism), spearheaded by the United States and Zionism, have reached an impasse in the face of the determined, faithful, and developing nation of Islamic Iran.

The adoption of such appalling and nefarious behavior will make them suffer defeat once again, and they will not achieve their vicious and evil goals.

The steady scientific progress and the surmounting of the peaks of knowledge, which have been realized through the efforts and resolve of faithful and brave youth like Martyr Mostafa, is not limited to a single person, and is a historic movement arising from a national indomitable will.

We will follow this path with full strength... and will make those who committed the crime and those who are behind the scenes get their just deserts.

Head of Basij Militia Mohammadreza Naghdi embracing Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan's father at a memorial for the assassinated scientist

'Certain inspectors have leaked info on Iranian scientists'

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has said that there is evidence that certain international inspectors, who have travelled to Iran to inspect (nuclear) facilities, have provided terrorist groups with Iranian nuclear scientists' particulars.

Mehmanparast made the remarks on Saturday on the sidelines of a ceremony held to commemorate the memory of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, an Iranian graduate of Sharif University of Technology in chemical engineering and an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, who was assassinated in Tehran on January 11.

"Certain people travelled to our country as inspectors and identified nuclear scientists, and provided terrorist groups with their names. We will pursue the matter with international forums and will discredit them," he stated.

"The enemy explored all ways to prevent the progress of the Islamic Republic of Iran and achieved nothing. Now it has taken actions like assassination, which are totally indefensible," he added. "Those who talk about human rights and claim to be campaigning against terrorism are in fact disgracing themselves by taking such actions."

'Iran will give a firm response to U.S., UK over assassination'

Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi has said that Iran will give a firm response to the United States, Britain, and Israel which had a hand in the assassination of the Iranian academic, Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan.

"The U.S., Britain, and the Mossad will see the result of their actions, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will give them a firm response," Moslehi told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

He added, "Britain and the U.S. cannot hide their involvement in the assassinations (of Iranian academics) and their evil hands (in such attacks) through saying, 'We did not carry out those actions.'"

"They have placed a wayward boy (Israel) in the Middle East and lay the blame for their crimes on him," Moslehi stated.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on January 11 that the U.S. government is not to blame for the assassination of the Iranian academic.

"I want to categorically deny any United States' involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran," Clinton told reporters.

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