Iran says it has evidence US behind scientist’s killing

Peres: Israel not behind assassination.

January 15, 2012 07:39
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Iranian nuclear scientist assassination 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Iranian state television said on Saturday Tehran had evidence Washington was behind the latest assassination of one of its nuclear scientists.

In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the door of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s car during the Wednesday morning rushhour in the capital. His driver was also killed.

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The United States has denied involvement in the killing and condemned it.

Israel has declined to comment, but on Thursday President Shimon Peres said that as far as he knew, Israel was not involved in the assassination.

During an interview with CNN, Peres was asked whether Israel was involved in the killing of the university professor and department head of a uranium enrichment facility in Tehran to which he answered: “Not to the best of my knowledge.”

He continued, “I know that it is fashionable that whatever wrong happens in Iran, it is the United States and Israel. There is nothing new in this approach.”

Iranian state television reported that the Iranian Foreign Ministry handed the Swiss ambassador a letter saying, “We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA.

“The documents clearly show that this terrorist act was carried out with the direct involvement of CIA-linked agents.”

The Swiss Embassy has represented US interests in Iran since Tehran and Washington cut diplomatic ties shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

State television said a “letter of condemnation” had also been sent to the British government, saying the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists had “started exactly after the British official John Sawers declared the beginning of intelligence operations against Iran.’ In 2010, chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service Sawers said one of the agency’s roles was to investigate efforts by states to build nuclear weapons in violation of their international legal obligations and identify ways to slow down their access to vital materials and technology.

Tehran has urged the UN Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to condemn the latest killing, which Tehran says is aimed at undermining its nuclear work, which the West and Israel say is aimed at building bombs. Tehran says its nuclear program is purely civilian.

Tension has mounted between Iran and the West as the United States and European Union prepare measures aimed at imposing sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, its economic lifeblood.

The United States and Israel have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the nuclear dispute.

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