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Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge over slain nuclear scientist

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28.11.2020

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for “punishing” those behind the assassination of a top nuclear scientist, adding that his work must be carried on.

He called for “following up on this crime and certainly punishing the perpetrators and those responsible, and … continuing the scientific and technical efforts of this martyr in all of the fields he was working in,” according to a statement on the supreme leader’s official website.

Khamenei called Mohsen Fakhrizadeh a “prestigious nuclear and defense scientist” and said he was “martyred by the hands of criminal and cruel mercenaries.”

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“This unparalleled scientist gave his dear and valuable life to God because of his great and lasting scientific efforts, and the high prize of martyrdom is his divine reward,” he added.

Iranian officials have pointed the finger at Israel for the killing. The country has long been suspected of taking out scientists amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program. In this cropped photo, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh sits in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, January 23, 2019. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

The slaying threatens to renew tensions between the United States and Iran in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s term, just as President-elect Joe Biden has suggested his administration could return to Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers from which Trump earlier withdrew. The Pentagon........

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