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Iran protested the United States and United Kingdom for their alleged roles in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Wednesday, implicating the two nations in the
attack, the official Iranian Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported
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Iran sent a letter to the Swiss embassy in Tehran - the
only official diplomatic channel between Iran and the United States in Iran - saying that CIA-led operations in the Islamic Republic are
known, and blaming the US for supporting "terrorist groups against
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also sent a letter to the British Foreign Office, claiming British
intelligence aided in the killing of the 32-year-old Roshan with a car bomb.
The letter cited Foreign Intelligence
Service Head (MI6) John Sawers, who said the UK was beginning
intelligence operations against Iran, according to IRNA.
Iran demanded a response from both governments.
The Islamic Republic has blamed the violent death of Roshan on the CIA,
Israel and now MI6. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton summarily
denied the charges and Israeli President Shimon Peres said that Israel
had no role in the attack, to the best of his knowledge.
Roshan is the fourth Iranian scientist to be killed since 2007.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said Tuesday that "2012
will be a critical year in the connection between Iran gaining
nuclear power, changes in leadership, continuing pressure from the
international community and events that happen unnaturally."