No other regime in the world does this. Iran’s point is that international laws don’t apply to it.
The decision was made in the aftermath of the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Iranian officials have blamed Israel for the assassination.
Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, said after leaving Iran that she was grateful for the work done to gain her release.
These were the 84-year-old ruler's first public remarks since he addressed the United Nations General Assembly in September via videolink, where he also took aim at Iran.
Tehran has passed on its assassination expertise to its proxy Hezbollah and has also worked with the Syrian regime to carry out assassinations of those who oppose its interests.
Iran is slow-playing discussions with the IAEA even as it also sluggishly investigates the Natanz incident.
Iraq’s Security Media Cell was quick to tamp down on rumors about the explosion.
He encouraged others to commit such attacks in the country, including by driving a car into a crowd, attacking people with a meat cleaver and setting off bombs.