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J Street denounces killing of top Iranian nuclear scientist

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The dovish lobby group J Street on Saturday denounced the killing of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, saying it appears aimed at “sabotaging” any effort by US President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the 2015 deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian scientists a decade ago amid earlier tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, has yet to comment on Fakhrizadeh’s killing Friday. However, the attack bore the hallmarks of a carefully planned, military-style ambush, the likes of which Israel has been accused of conducting before. Fakhrizadeh was named by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018 as the director of Iran’s nuclear weapons project.

The killing risks further raising tensions across the Mideast, nearly a year after tensions spiked when an American drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. It comes just as Biden stands poised to be inaugurated in January and will likely complicate his efforts to return America to the nuclear pact — clinched when he was vice president — aimed at ensuring Iran does not have enough highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. Biden is widely expected to reenter the deal, a prospect cautiously welcomed by Iran and opposed by Israel.


© The Times of Israel

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