US denies role in Iranian scientist's death

2012-01-12 08:34

Washington - The United States denied any role in Wednesday's killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist, the latest in a series of events that have exacerbated tensions with Iran.

The assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was the latest in a year that has already seen new US economic sanctions, threats to bar American ships from the Persian Gulf, an Iranian death sentence to a jailed US citizen and an escalation in Tehran's uranium enrichment program.

Iranian reports said two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to Roshan's car, killing him and his driver. Roshan was a chemistry expert and director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, and the slaying suggested a widening covert effort to set back the Islamic republic's atomic program.

But US officials said they had nothing to do with it.

"I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters.

 "We believe there has to be an understanding between Iran, its neighbours and the international community that finds a way forward for it to end its provocative behaviour, end its search for nuclear weapons and rejoin the international community and be a productive member of it."

Earlier, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland wouldn't answer a question about whether Washington was involved in the killing — or if the administration viewed Roshan as an innocent victim. "I'm not going to speak to who may or may not have done this," she told reporters.

The attack also came one day after Israeli military chief Lieutenant  General Benny Gantz was quoted as telling a parliamentary committee that 2012 would be critical for Iran — in part because of "things that happen to it unnaturally".

And other Israeli officials, hinted at covert campaigns against Iran without directly admitting involvement.

"Many bad things have been happening to Iran in the recent period," said Mickey Segal, a former director of the Israeli military's Iranian intelligence department. "Iran is in a situation where pressure on it is mounting, and the latest assassination joins the pressure that the Iranian regime is facing."

Iranian authorities blamed Israel.

One former official said the magnetic-bomb attack does bear the hallmarks of an Israeli hit. Current and former US officials say Washington prefers proxies like Israel to carry out operations inside Iran, and that up until two years ago, the US and Israel coordinated actions against Iran closely. But the officials say the White House halted such cooperation after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took power.

The officials, past and present, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive strategic negotiations.

  • Larry - 2012-01-12 08:47

    For once I agree with a denial from the US. The answer will prabably be closer to home and wearing a Yarmulka. Viva Israel.

      Louwhan - 2012-01-12 10:39

      Viva Israel? Take another bite of that toxic MSM pie. People like you will get all of us in a massive conflict. If Israel and the US attack (at current rate, no later than July is suspect)Iran, it will be the beginning of the end. Why would Iran, a net importer of gasoline, want to start a conflict??? Because they hate Israel so much? BS!! There are 5 synagogues in Theran. Here is a little clip to shed some light what is REALLY going on in the Middle East. Warning, don´t watch without a box of cleenex or a plastic bag!!!

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 10:44

      You should go and watch how arab/persian/palestinian children are taught to hate Jews. They are told that Jews are not people. You will need more than tissues

      Louwhan - 2012-01-12 10:52

      @Dirk You are right. More or less like the blacks were taught to hate us as much as we were taught to hate blacks. Well, we did not have a direct or indirect hand in killing more than 15 million arabs the past 50 years. I have a feeling you would not have minded if the apartheid government wiped out entire tribes. Maybe it is unfair but by the sound of your previous posts.. Come on, you must have heard about the term BLOWBACK. Google it. The truth might just set you free.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 12:09

      Something much greater has set me free. Dont lend your eyes out at one sided Saudi sponsored propaganda. Yes, Saudi. They pretend to be friends of the US but are also the biggest sponsors of anti US and Israeli propaganda. Fifteen million you say? That seems to be chicken feed compared to the hundreds of millions brutally murdered in China, the Soviet Union , Africa and other communist countries. Was it also the US?

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 12:52

      @Dirk Hundreds of millions? That sounds like hyperbole. Was it 100 million or 900 million or anything thay you have dreamt up that falls in between.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 13:13

      Get your calculator- that is that little device which adds figures, used in Africa to calculate how much can be stolen. If you ad 60 and fifty, you should get to 110- that is just China and the Soviet regimes . Add to that N-Korea, SE Asian countries, all the African countries, you should reach about a billion.

      Martin - 2012-01-12 13:26

      For atheistic communistic regimes, the total body count for the ninety years between 1917 and 2007 is approximately 148 million dead.

      anthony.weineck - 2012-01-12 14:02

      Dirk: What the hell? Where are you getting these numbers? 1 billion?! Graziella: +1. How the hell does a basic statement of scepticism get so many downvotes? Martin: Likewise where do you get your numbers, although yours are far more reasonable than Dirk's. Then again, you're ignorant if you think communist totalitarian regimes were atheistic - they were personality cults modelled after the Roman Imperial cult. I've been to China, Mao Tse-Tsung is still venerated everywhere.

      Martino - 2012-01-12 14:24

      Ceorl, that number can be attributed to atheistic regimes, however, I don't want to go into a further discussion about it here, because it is not really related to this news report. Here is the link nonetheless:

      anthony.weineck - 2012-01-12 14:50

      Martin: You just linked to conservapedia? I cannot begin to stress how utterly immoral and bigoted that website is. Please, please, if you have any humanity in you, read something else. At the least don't assume anyone else will consider their awful trash to be a respectable reference.

      Martino - 2012-01-12 15:38

      Ceorl, please give me examples to back the allegations you make.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:04

      Martino- Considering that the Soviets and China alone, murdered 110 million of its citizens, over a short period, a small genocide in a small country like Rwanda, a million, then the figure of 148 million, appears very conservative. Ceorl- A very natural response. If you dont like what you see,then it is immoral and bigotted????

  • Graziella - 2012-01-12 08:59

    But the real issue is that Iran is oil rich, and has an independent government which does not genuflect before the imperial master. How bad that Iranian regime actually is, largely irrelevant, except for hyperbolic, imperial (with orientalising racists overtones) propaganda purposes.

      David - 2012-01-12 09:29

      what the hell would you know imperialism? just because you are not white it has to be imperialism, not the fact that this "independent government", lead by religious fanatics, desperately wants to wipe another country off the face of the earth.... get over yourself you spoilt brat. you have the same opportunities as everyone else.

      Larry - 2012-01-12 09:43

      Graziella, if you had the same Government here, there would be hangings by the dozen every day. If you did not follow their teachings, you stand a very good chance of disappearing and as a Woman, you would not be writing on this forum (Neither would I, for that matter). You have no idea.

      Ask - 2012-01-12 09:59

      @Graziella - well said... @David - show some respect to the lady... @Larry - isn't this what everybody wants in this violent country of ours... Theory - I wonder what would happen if the setting of Gold prices moved to South Africa from New York... I'm sure the 'Imperialist' would want a regime change... Theory - Every Oil rich country that wanted to change Oil prices from US $ to Euro had a 'Regime' change... am I missing something... or are you guys too thick...

      Blade - 2012-01-12 10:00

      Youre so black that when you get out of your car the oil light comes on.

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 10:06

      Well said, it's called connecting the dots! If the facts do not agree with the favored theory, then such facts, even an imposing array of them, must be discarded. This is a good example of the operation of the knowledge filter. Otherwise known as cognitive dissonance.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 10:17

      Independent government in Iran??? That is a very accurate indication of your lack of knowledge! Ask- What influence would SA have on the international gold price. The country has dropped to the 3rd largest producer and the reserves are fast diminishing or too deep to mine. Perhaps Julius Malema will come forward with new technology for extreme mining. After all, he did get a G for woodwork.

      Louwhan - 2012-01-12 10:42

      @Ask, no, most people are not too thick but too misinformed. We have our super bias media to thank us for that. I have been to Iran a few times and it is NOTHING like the MSM makes it out to be.

      Ask - 2012-01-12 13:25

      @Blade - You know how the saying goes... 'Jou ma se... $^%^' when you were born; your mother threw the baby away and kept the afterbirth i.e. YOU...

      Barry - 2012-01-12 13:40

      @Dirk...I have read all your posts above. Carry on your sarcastic insulting. It is now getting really comical. You know very well your "facts" are questionable at best.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:09

      Barry- And I guess you are widely engaged as a consultant on the M/East for you in depth knowledge and unbiased opinion

  • Ballito - 2012-01-12 10:05

    Ask-the only problem in south africa is that we have a small jweish group that wana influence all in believin israel is doing justice our very own country does not support israel and by the way if you have something bad to say about SA ship out of here.iran has every freedom just l;ike israel to keep or produce nuclear arms israel bomb syria when they when enrichn uranium it was all done in the quiet.leme tell u israel and the people pn this site no the game they are playing a logical story and they will have thumbs down thats how daft they r

      Larry - 2012-01-12 10:17

      What are you smoking Bro? It sure aint Gum leaf's.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 10:26

      There are more non- Jewish people in SA who support Israel, than Jews.I am a Christian and I love Israel and the Jewish people. The God I serve, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, says that He will bless those who bless Israel and Curse those who curse them. That includes nations as well.

      Louwhan - 2012-01-12 10:57

      @Dirk, the GOP is calling for your support. Ron Paul is scaring them so much they need all the help they can get. Mind you, so are the democrats. I am also a Christian but we have 2 very different opinions of justice.

      Moss - 2012-01-12 11:24

      Haha Dirk!! You are naive sir

      Motho - 2012-01-12 11:58

      Well said brother, wish that those that dont have brains like Dirk listern, and begin to acquire some from what you are saying here.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 12:15

      Really? A surprise is awaiting you. Not only does it stand in the Bible, but it is confirmed by my personal observations on the ground. I worked in that area for many years.

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 13:10

      This is why I support Israel: plz watch

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 13:10

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 13:11

      And this explains it all

      Jaba - 2012-01-12 13:14

      In June 2007, Hamas toppled the Palestinian Authority in a bloody coup. Several months later, Radical Islamic Entities began murdering innocent Christian civilians within the Gaza Strip.

      Barry - 2012-01-12 13:44

      @Dirk..The bible is a book of history of which many take way to seriously in handling day to day life. Thankfully most of the worlds population do not take the Bible, or the Quran as their security blanket.

      Dirk - 2012-01-12 16:13

      I can confidently say that I reject your uncalled for and misdirected advice with absolute and total contempt.

      Ask - 2012-01-12 16:59

      @ Jaba - Hope you are well... perhaps you should see this...

      Barry - 2012-01-12 19:38

      @Dirk..Good night. You go cover yourself with your stupid book.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-12 11:30

    Even if the US was not actively involved in the operation they knew about it before hand, The US is and always has been controlled by the Jewish money that runs all of the media houses and Hollywood as well. That Israel was involved directly in the actual operation I do not doubt, Israel made it plainly know years ago that they do not consider courts necessary and that they have and will kill anyone who posses a threat to them without hesitation or legal consideration. They are above the law and actively promote terror attacks and assassination a legitimate activities. Every attack against the state and people of Israel has followed the same MO as used by Israel itself and therefor are justified, the rule of engagement were specified by Israel they must now accept the consequences of the rules they created Religion will be the death of us all, and whether there is a god/s or not is irrelevant, the only thing that is relevant is that religion has been used to subject mankind to slave status and allow the rich to control their slaves nothing more.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-12 11:44

      There are 14 million Jews worldwide ,somehow they run the US ,global media and have all this power while being surrounded by 1 billion Muslims who are hell bent on their destruction from this tiny little sliver of land. Sounds like a load of racist , anti-semetic , genocidal bunch of hogwash based conspiracy fact.I agree that religion is a problem and that its more about religious homogenity than anything else.

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 12:11

      It's not anti-semetic hogwash, read "Creature from Jeklly Island by G. Edward Griffn or The Secrets of the Federal Reserve to see how American democracy was usurped by European Jews in 1913. Read people please! Stop watching too much television as it robs you of your free time, it dulls your mind, and it sends innumerable subliminal messages reinforcing the mythical quality of the "American way of life".

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-12 12:48

      It's not? I can read literature that reinforces my outlook but it doesn't make it right. I can quote Mein Kampf but it doesn't exactly justify the view. Once again more on consipracy opinion drawn from loose bits of information and less on factual evidence. Is it the world/west twisting your mind or is it your mind twisting around the world/west? Occums Razor is not a law but its rarely far from the truth.

      Graziella - 2012-01-12 13:20

      Those are historical facts with dates, with the bankers meeting the US president's Wilson assistance (Nelson W. Auldrich) who enacted the law and is named after him. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of darkness; but it is a real tragedy of life for men is afraid of light. I wonder whether you, with your standard of comprehension can fathom this old saying. In the meantime do carry on burying your head in the sand if that make you happy. Just because you are blind or brainwashed does not make me wrong. It makes you blind and brainwashed.

      Ask - 2012-01-12 13:21

      @Ludlowdj - I take my hat to you - you are truly enlightened... @ the Ninja below or above - Muslims are NOT anti Jewish; never have have been and never will be... they ARE anti Zionist - big difference. When the Jews were expelled from 79 countries in Europe; who took them in with open arms; your Muslim cousins. If the Rhetoric comes out that sounds anti Jewish... it is probably out of frustration... US and Israel are NOT interested in peace... if they were they could have sat all the players down in 1947... and 'forced' this issue like they did so many others... They cannot have a peaceful ME because that would create unity in the region and total control of the OIL and other wealth that may exist... prove me wrong; as long as Israel does not have an opposition that is equally strong and with EQUAL support like the US; there will NEVER be peace in the ME. It is about balance of power... if this is achieved; you will see how quickly all players will come to the party... a New Boston Tea Party will be created and this time they will serve coffee. How can you negotiate with someone that has all 52 cards in the deck... not possible... this is clear evidence that morality does not exist with the big boys. DON'T believe everything you read.

      Boaz - 2012-01-12 14:04

      Ask, what utter rubbish you speak, ‘took them in with open arms’???? The Arabs were aligned with the Nazis, in case you didn't know! Moreover, Jews were expelled out of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Saudi, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen etc, 1,5 million Sphradi Jews were kicked out by the Muslims in the Arab world. Furthermore, today the same thing is happening to the Christian populations of these Arab Nations, in fact the Coptic of Egypt are facing a new Apartheid state in Egypt (After the Arab winter last year) and their numbers are expected to drop due to racism & prosecution by the Muslim brotherhood. All Israel wants is peace – every election in Israel is won by the promise of peace – but there is no partner for peace with the Palestinians (plz Google Hamas’ charter if you please – they say NEVER to peace) The only thing that unites the Arab world time and time again is their mutual hate of Israel.

      Martino - 2012-01-12 14:33

      Ask The definition of Zionism: According to Merriam-Webster: An international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel. According to A worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel. According to A movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel. Does this sound like anything negative?

      Ask - 2012-01-12 16:46

      @Boaz - Did you READ my post... The Zionist were also aligned with the Nazis.. see Why is someone DELETING my posts... be fair ...

      Ask - 2012-01-12 16:48

      @ Martino - It depends which definition you are after... see Enjoy... enlighten yourself.. Why is someone DELETING my posts... be fair...

  • swavka - 2012-01-12 14:13

    I would guess even closer to home - as in their own back yard, but Iran is probably looking for a reason to bomb the s*** out of USA and Isreal, and anywhere else. Amazing as soon as they need assistance or Aid whether food/medical or arms even an army or two - who do they call.........USA, but as soon as the back is turned they will bad mouth every Tom/Dick & Harry. No war that has been fought is ever about religion - it all money & power and actually just pure hate.

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