Iran: Israel, US killed nuke scientist

2012-01-11 18:49

Tehran - An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in a Tehran car bombing on Wednesday that the Islamic republic immediately blamed on Israel and the United States, worsening a tense international standoff over its atomic programme.

Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi told state television the attack would not stop Iran making "progress" in its nuclear activities.

Iranian officials noted that the assassination method - two men on a motorbike attaching a magnetic bomb to the target's vehicle - was similar to that used in the killings of three other of its scientists over the past two years.

Iran's parliament erupted with yells of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" after Wednesday's attack.

Deputy director of uranium plant

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, died immediately in the blast, which occurred in front of a university campus in east Tehran.

His driver/bodyguard later died of his wounds, the Fars and ILNA news agencies reported. A third occupant of the Peugeot 405 was wounded and in hospital.

Ahmadi Roshan was a deputy director at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility, according to the website of the university he graduated from a decade ago, Sharif University.

He was also an academic and member of the Basij militia controlled by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the Basij said in a statement.

The scientist was specialised in making polymeric membranes to separate gas. Iran uses a gas separation method to enrich its uranium.

Iran's atomic energy organisation issued a statement, quoted by the country's Arabic broadcaster Al-Alam, confirming Ahmadi Rosham "was working in the nuclear industry".

‘Scientists more determined than ever’

It said "the futile actions by the criminal Israeli regime and America will not disrupt the path the Iranian people have chosen" and nuclear activities will continue.

"This terrorist act was carried out by agents of the Zionist regime (Israel) and by those who claim to be combating terrorism (the US) with the aim of stopping our scientists from serving" Iran, Rahimi told state television.

The foreign ministry also blamed Israel and the US.

The vice president, in charge while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wraps up a Latin America tour, added: "They (Israel and the US) should know that Iranian scientists are more determined than ever in striding towards Iran's progress."

There was no immediate official Israeli or US reaction to the accusations.

‘A critical year'

Media in both countries, though, gave prominent play to the car bombing.

Israeli outlets also relayed comments by Israel's military chief of staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, to MPs on Tuesday saying that 2012 was to be "a critical year" given Iran's nuclear drive, international pressure - "and things which happen to them (the Iranians) in an unnatural way".

Three other Iranian scientists were killed in 2010 and 2011 when their cars blew up in similar circumstances. At least two of the scientists had also been working on nuclear activities.

One of the attacks occurred two years earlier, on January 12, 2010, killing scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi.

The current head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, Fereydoun Abbasi, escaped another such attempt in November 2010, getting out of his car with his wife just before the attached bomb exploded.

Those attacks were viewed by Iranian officials as assassination operations carried out by Israel's Mossad intelligence service, possibly with help from US counterparts.

Wednesday's killing sharpened an international confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme in which threats and counter-threats are being increasingly backed with militarised displays of muscle.

Threatened ‘full force’ of Navy

Western nations, the US at the fore, are steadily ratcheting up sanctions on Iran with the aim of fracturing its oil-dependent economy.

Iran has responded by saying it could easily close the Strait of Hormuz - a chokepoint for 20% of the world's oil at the entrance to the Gulf - if it is attacked or if sanctions halt its petroleum exports.

It has also threatened to unleash the "full force" of its navy should the United States redeploy an aircraft carrier to the Gulf, where the US Fifth Fleet is based.

The US said closing the strait is a "red line" that should not be crossed and said it would keep sending its warships to the region.

US ally Britain has dispatched its most modern destroyer, HMS Daring, to the Gulf to join other British ships there.

Iran, meanwhile, says it is about to hold more navy manoeuvres in the strait, following ones nearby that ended less than two weeks ago in which, pointedly, three anti-ship missiles were test-fired.

US-Iranian tensions have also worsened following an Iranian court's death sentence this week on an American-Iranian former Marine it found guilty of spying for the CIA, and Iran's capture last month of what it said was a CIA drone.

Tehran's determination to push ahead with its nuclear activities were underlined by the International Atomic Energy Agency's confirmation on Monday that Iran has started enriching uranium at a second facility - its Fordo fortified underground bunker southwest of the capital.

The IAEA two months ago issued a report strongly suggesting that Western fears of Iranian research into nuclear weapons was backed by a lot of evidence.

Iran, though, insists that its atomic programme is exclusively for energy and medical ends, and it has declared itself open to resuming nuclear negotiations with world powers that collapsed a year ago.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-11 19:07

    What terror does the world actually see? The world sees the terror that Israel, protected by Washington, inflicts on the Palestinians. The world sees the terror that the US inflicts on Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Latin America and now Africa, with Syria, Lebanon, and Iran waiting in the wings.

      Dirk - 2012-01-11 19:16

      I would expect nothing less of the Israelis. I would be very disappointed if they did not eliminate international, terrorist barbarians in defense of their country and their citizens. The Iranian regime and the vermin who support them, must know that if they play with fire, then their fingers will get burnt. Assuming it is them, congratulations to Mossad. May the only living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bless and protect Israel and its people.

      Dirk - 2012-01-11 19:24

      The US destabilizes by giving aid. They are then tempted to steal it rather than helping the poor. So, with typical African logic, blame the US and Israel.

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:39

      @Dirk...Your argument is so weak. The USA steal first. Come on man. I can see you are beginning to see some light.

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:44

      @Adam ...carry on with your insults, like Dirk does. It just shows your opinion holds no substance and you are failing as a human being. Do you need some help?

      Anthony - 2012-01-11 19:44

      @Graziella, Oops !! you forgot, Lesotho and Papua New Guinea !!!

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-11 19:58

      @ Graziella: OMG you are so ill-informed, yet you persist in posting this anti-west drivel on this forum. Why dont you move to afghanistan and hangout there for a while.

      Hrh - 2012-01-11 20:25

      Graziella nevermind these sheeple-trolls. "Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, to MPs on Tuesday saying that 2012 was to be "a critical year" given Iran's nuclear drive, international pressure - "and things which happen to them (the Iranians) in an unnatural way". If that doesnt prove that a mega ritual will be witnessed this year, then the mystery religion n sacred numerology doesnt exist and 11yrs ago the twin towers never fell. then yet again,....Ignorance is still pure Bliss!

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-11 20:25

      Good shot Mossad. Right behind Israel and the USA on this one.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 20:27

      It is not illogical to point to past infringements with regard to the US and its allies and posit that their ongoing actions may be more to do with self interest than any percieved safety. You seem to believe it is safe to accept what you are told by western governments who have consistantly flouted human rights in order to move their agenda forward, and yet when asked to question this because of their past actions, you are happy to ignore these as irrelevant. I bow to no one for my dislike of American aggression and Imperialism!

      jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 21:15

      I agree with Graziella , America has an over inflated ego that needs to be popped. Its greed and lust for power are driven by its war machine that runs its economy , if all countries had access to nuclear energy ,(that US uses on its boats , subs and extensively in its own power generation) , then there wouldn't be a power struggle. America sets the standard that everyone strives for and America loves its guns! Who has the right to control and manipulate any other country ! America and Britain have been throwing there wait around and its about time the trodden on start fighting back. Damn the man.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 21:21

      @Adam Kan jy nie lees nie? "With Syria, lebanon and Iran, waiting in the wings." Look up the words, "Kermit Roosevelt", "John Perkins" and "Contra"! And then come back here when you have reached a political level in geo-politics which would occasion the notion you are person worthy of my attention.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 22:20

      There are enough resources to feed everybody in the world, is just that the multinational corporations and their puppet governments could not care less if thousands or millions of people die, as long as they make their profits. Westeners are not prepared to make a better offer for these resources because they feel entitled to get them for free.

      GWS - 2012-01-11 23:18

      Nice people in the Iranian parliament. Shouting slogans about death to another country. Very mature for what should be intelligent and learned adults.

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 07:01

      Israel has been a nuclear power since the 1960s, and has yet to use that power, or even threaten to use it, despite several subsequent wars in which Israel could have deployed a nuclear option. Iran, on the other hand, has issued endless rhetoric of destroying the "Zionist entity." Forgive them, but Israelis tend to take such existential threats rather seriously. Keep in mind as well that Iran has been arming Hamas and Hezbollah for decades. Every country does NOT have a right to have nuclear weapons (note the distinction between nuclear power and nuclear weapons). Rogue nations such as Iran, or Syria, must never be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, or any other weapon of mass destruction. Moreover, there is a practical reason as well. The entire country of Iran basically sits atop major fault lines, and severe earthquakes are the rule rather than the exception. Do we need a disaster of the scale of Chernobyl or Fukushima?

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 08:28

      If a deliberate mis-translation is used, anyone can be made to appear to have said anything that suits the intentions of the West -- or more precisely, the corrupt corporatist Establishment who control it. Let me leave you with a quote from J Goebbels, the Nazi Propaganda Minister and Hitler's right hand man: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” There's merit in associating Zionists to Nazis. Lying liars and their damn lies.

  • Adam - 2012-01-11 19:21

    i dont dispute the fact that israel could and would have pulled something like this off(and good for them if it was them) but this just shows how the iranian mentallity is more then happy to point fingers with out any proof. even the saudis could have been responsible for this. i spose dont expect anything intelligent from the worlds dumbest nation

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:40

      Who is the dumbest nation?

      Adam - 2012-01-11 19:47

      il give you a clue barry, the people who are blessed with 90% of the worlds oil and some how manage to live in absolute pestilence. does that ring any bells? or how about this clue, the people who when governing them selves always some how manage to start blowing one another up in markets and mosques? - come on that ones a give away!! what about this one - the same people who claimed mubarak was a zionost follower, and then the head saudi religios affiars claimed the people against mubarak were zionist followers trying to topple the goverment.... have u gotten it yet?

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:57

      Sounds like Israel to me :) It a real screwed up country. More so than Egypt, Saudi ...any country you care to name. What Israel is doing WRONG. Even you know it.

      Adam - 2012-01-11 21:48

      israel sounds like the nation with 90% of the worlds oil? or with its people blowing one another up? barry go crawl into a hole and wait there.

      GWS - 2012-01-11 23:20

      At this rate the Iranians are going to run out of scientists..

  • Juan - 2012-01-11 19:26

    "It has also threatened to unleash the "full force" of its navy should the United States redeploy an aircraft carrier to the Gulf, where the US Fifth Fleet is based." Yes I'm sure the American and British navies are trembling with fear. NOT

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:41

      I think you under estimate Iran a little. Go Iran !!!!

      Juan - 2012-01-11 19:49

      I heard Iran is in the market for some suicide bombers, maybe you can apply see that you love them so much

      Barry - 2012-01-11 20:00

      If that is what they have to defend themselves. So be it. Good on them. Lets hope Iran get World Support to face the USA terrorists

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 21:29

      "Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief." - Frantz Fanon

      Tommy - 2012-01-11 22:01

      Mmmm Graziella, I've read your comments and that quote describes you to the bone. How ironic.

      Tommy - 2012-01-11 22:08

      Zubaier, what you say may be true, BUT you got to be pretty well brain washed to blow yourself up together with innocent bystanders.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 22:23

      I used to believe in American exceptionalism until I stopped drinking the kool aid, thanks to John Perkins and Noam Chomsky. I did see the evidence and as such I changed my political views.

  • kafantaris2 - 2012-01-11 19:41

    A third scientist is killed and again the United States along with Israel are deemed to be the ones that killed him -- to slow Iran from building an atomic bomb. Not even Russia had gone that far during the cold war. Neither had we -- until now. Yet our presidential candidates advocate that we “take out” more Iranian scientists, "all of it covertly, all of it deniable." Surprisingly, few people raised an eyebrow to this newly articulated expediency in international affairs. Is no one concerned that the victims might have wives and children; mothers and fathers; sisters and brothers? Or that these scientists had committed no crime or terrorist act to justify us killing them? To be sure, expediency has no moral code. Its only rule is to reach an end, by any means. Those who regularly resort to expediency must therefore regularly also compromise their moral compass -- the very guide they will need to find their way out of the next storm. When that storm comes they are left morally bankrupt and at loss as to what to do. Still, they see no risk in being in this position. That's fine. We, however, are a God fearing nation, conceived out of a universal sense for fairness. There is nothing fair or right about killing another nation’s scientists.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-11 20:32

      When the scientists themselves are terrorists it is justifiable.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 20:32

      Assassination is murder, and political assassination is terrorism. Any state which organises an act of political assassination is itself exporting terrorism, because it is acting outside the law. How the world is made safer by trashing international law will not be a question posed or answered at any operational level.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 05:40

      If you have a family, act accordingly

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 05:42

      Graziella- And that includes all the regimes you so openly admire.

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 07:10

      Its Dangerous Work! When you commit to use your special knowledge to build weapons of mass destruction to satisfy the goals of an insane political and religious leader, then your life is forfeit. No nation has any "right" to nuclear (for war). The radical left talks about "rights" but forgets that along with rights goes RESPONSIBILITIES and Iran is the most irresponsible nation on Earth. This scientist had to die and he most likely knew it.

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 07:47

      @Jaba So what's next, the studens who attend classes in nuclear physics or the lecturers that give these classes. There is no way the Mullahs would be crazy enough to hand over nuclear weapons they developed to Hizbollah because if they were used in a terrorist attack then the atomic/nuclear signature of the weapon would indicate where it was made and would invite a massive retalitory strike in reprisal against Tehran. At the end of the day the Mullahs in Tehran are no more crazy and suicide prone than the leaders in Washington, London, Paris and Berlin and know that if they were ever to use their weapons the retaliation would be immediate and massive. Anyone who's been watching the US Republican primaries might argue they are positively sane compared to their counterparts in America.

      Boaz - 2012-01-12 08:03

      Good to see you are still out there carrying the flag of the absurd Graziella. Rest assured bubalah.....the Iranian facist regime's days are numbered just as his boy Assads are numbered. All good things come to those who wait and I can assure you that will be the case here. Your cheerleading for the most despotic regime on the face of this earth speaks volumes to who you are

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 08:29

      Graziella, yes i think its Dangerous Work - but i dont think Israel did it. I feel the Iraian underground resistance is responsible for these deaths, Israel doesn't need to kill anyone, their skills at computer viruses is so good they can cripple the Iranians with out a shot. The problem is the Iranian people, and what I mean by that is that most Iranians don't hate the west...the uber-religious Muslim zealots do and they're running the show. If these scientists were being killed by a group of Iranians I would not be surprised because one: the regime is using all of it's oil wealth on nuclear weapons while skyrocketing unemployment exists, and two: the people must be really angry that they are trying to start a war by developing nuclear weapons at the same time they're using the rhetoric they are. The Iranians don't want war even if the zealots in power there want their 'hidden imam' no matter the costs

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 08:45

      You are basically closing your eyes and ears to any wrong which the west has or will perpetrate in order to justify what is essentially imposing the US's will on a sovereign nation, which in doing so you believe will make the world a safer place. You refuse to see how it might be possible that the Iranians see obtaining a nuclear weapon as making their position safer. (Give me one reason why they should trust the US and her allies, in the wake of Iraq) There were elections held in Iran (The legitimacy and support of a government) and where's any evidence for fraud in Iran's last elections. I know that a lot of people, especially Iranian expats and the Western business class are unhappy over the outcome of the elections but that doesn't invalidate their results. So far I haven't seen any credible evidence for fraud in these elections.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-11 19:55

    I would think it a safe bet to say that between the USA and Isreal, they have more bombs like these, than the Afghans have scientists. The Afghan people need to force their pathetic government to go back to the negotiations, this is a no-win situation for them

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-11 20:28

    @Ivan.Coetzee2 She doesn't move to an Islamic country because she'd have to walk about in a black tent, and hide her assets. She also wouldn't be allowed to have an opinion of her own. Here she is entitled to her own opinion, however stupid it may be.

      Graziella - 2012-01-11 20:41

      Incisive political comment, I bow to your wit and wisdom.

  • Irene - 2012-01-11 21:49

    Well done Israel. Well done US. Now please do us all a huge favour and come for the oxygen thief Graziella.

      Tommy - 2012-01-11 22:12

      Adam, just ignore her, she is young and naive.

      Irene - 2012-01-11 23:12

      Graziella ~ You're a hateful, evil person girl and need help. There are plenty of shrinks around that can help you with your fragile ego. Did something bad happen to you when you were a kid or have you just got the standard issue chip on your shoulder 'cos you're black. Whatever it is, get help because you're a really nasty piece of work.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 05:53

      Invariably, the biggest critics of the US, are also the beneficiaries.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-11 22:04

    It is time for the US and European countries to stay at home and develop their own resources. There is plenty for all.

  • Mahdis - 2012-02-05 15:49

    Graziella, I would like to congratulate you on making all of these other commentators look stupid and idiotic. They do not have the ability or capacity to advance any logical counter argument. While I do not fully support your viewpoints, I appreciate your methodical arguments about the bigger conspiracy. These commentators are used to and content with using as reference, newspaper and online reports as the thrust of their arguments. They become defensive and rude, whenever you present your logical arguments. Well done!!

  • sharon.cambier - 2012-03-11 12:24

    What was Nostradamus's prediction? Prophecy 2011 - 10 : If Israel attacks Iran, the so-called world war III will start - If Israel does not attack Iran, it will be destroyed. Whatever they do, it won't be a good thing. It's to late to "save" the world. Prophecy 2011 - 5 : The West will one day be at war with Iran, Russia or China. The third big war is near: as early as the end of 2010 (Baba Vanga) and likely no later than 2012 (Nostradamus). This will be the war of a more horrid version of the first and second AntiChrist, the Third Antichrist !....what if the predictions are true? Just a will spread, hence the name WW WORLD WAR.

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