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At nuke chief’s funeral, Iran defense minister vows response to killing

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Speaking at the funeral of a top Iranian nuclear scientist who was killed in an assassination widely blamed on Israel, Iran’s defense minister warned on Monday that Tehran would not leave the killing unavenged.

“The enemy knows full well that he cannot commit a crime without getting a response from the Iranian people. The martyr’s blood will be remembered forever and the enemy made a mistake with this assassination,” said Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami, according to Hebrew-language reports, after kissing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s casket and putting his forehead against it.

“The assassination of the scientist will not stop the progress of Iran’s nuclear program but will only accelerate it. The response will come with certainty.” Hatami said.

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He said Fakhrizadeh’s killing would make Iranians “more united, more determined.” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami at the Conference on International Security in Moscow, Russia, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“For the continuation of your path, we will continue with more speed and more power,” Hatami said at the funeral in an outdoor area of the Defense Ministry in Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Hatami also criticized countries that hadn’t condemned Fakhrizadeh’s killing, warning: “This will catch up with you someday.”

Among the countries that have denounced the killing is the United Arab Emirates, which recently established diplomatic relations with Israel in a deal touted as having been accelerated by the countries’ shared concerns over Iran.

The funeral got underway with a religious singer praising Fakhrizadeh and alluding to the martyrdom of Imam Hossein, a revered 7th century holy figure from whom Shiite Muslims draw inspiration.

A large display showed a picture of Fakhrizadeh next to........

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