Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran

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Published: November 27,2020 11:21 PM
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November 27, 2020: A leading Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated near the capital Tehran on Friday, Iran's Defense Ministry announced.

November 27, 2020: A leading Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated near the capital Tehran on Friday, Iran's Defense Ministry announced.



Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was head of the research center of new technology in the elite Revolutionary Guards. He was considered one of the masterminds of Iran's controversial nuclear program.



Iranian state media said the killing appeared to be an assassination. Photographs from the scene showed a car with its windshield blown in, and the road strewn with glass and blood.



Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif called the death "cowardice -- with serious indications of Israeli role."



"Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," he said in a tweet. "This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int'l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror."



In the West, Fakhrizadeh was commonly referred to as Iran's Robert Oppenheimer, the American scientist who helped father the atomic bomb in 1945. He is a well-known senior figure and considered among the most important Iranian nuclear scientists in the country.



Fakhrizadeh has long been suspected by the West to have masterminded what they said was a covert atomic bomb program halted in 2003. Iran has consistently denied seeking to weaponize nuclear energy.