US has 'some ideas' who killed nuke expert

2012-01-13 08:02

Washington - Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said on Thursday that US officials had "some ideas" who was behind the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran this week, but insisted the United States was not involved.

During a meeting with soldiers at a Texas military base, Panetta said the United States was "not involved in any way with regards to the assassination that took place there".

"I'm not sure who was involved. We have some ideas as to who might be involved. But we don't know exactly who was involved," he added.

The United States had denied Iranian claims that it had a role in killing the scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, in a car bomb attack, and on Wednesday condemned it as an act of violence.

US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier spoke by phone, after Iran accused the allies of plotting the killing.

A senior Israeli official said he did not know who carried out the act but added that Israel did not mourn Ahmadi Roshan's loss.

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

The attack fuelled speculation about possible efforts by Israel or its allies to sabotage the Iranian nuclear programme, at the same time as Washington and the EU tighten sanctions designed to deter Tehran's atomic plans.

  • Ballito - 2012-01-13 08:12

    my god the americans say they might no there is something fishy going on here.could it be israel.damn suspense thrilller.this is surely a world war starting up

      Spyker - 2012-01-13 09:02

      I do not understand why everybody is chastising the USA for POSSIBLY being involved - even if they are, so what..? In the world as it is today, you have a simple choice - a world dominated by the USA or a world dominated by China. In the USA young people go the Summer Camps, in China they go to Labour Camps, make your choice...

      Heiku - 2012-01-13 16:31

      Ag asseblief man. Ek wil sien hoe kom n amerikaaner of n chinese hier aan en se vir my wat om te doen.

  • Barry - 2012-01-13 08:22

    I am sure they have some ideas. Very very real accurate ideas only the USA could have.

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-13 09:04

      "some ideas" just like the WMD's in Iraq.....

  • Dirk - 2012-01-13 08:25

    Well, whoever it was, well done.Killing can seldom be justified, but this is about survival for Israel. Nuclear capability in a terrorist states hands, with a terrorist in charge, is like having a child play with an AK with a full magazine inside a chreche.

      Pieter - 2012-01-13 10:07

      Israel is the terrorist, not Iran. Israel has many nuclear weapons and is refusing to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty, witch Iran signed. This is nothing but another weapons of mass destruction scam employed to justify war on Iran.

      Barry - 2012-01-13 10:41

      @Dirl it is not about the survival of Israel. It is about the destruction of Israel purely due to terrorist activities like this. I really worry about Israel. I very much doubt their jewish state will last much longer. Anyway lets see who eventually owns up to this.

      Dirk - 2012-01-13 12:16

      Naivity in action- as if Iran would adhere to signed treaties. It shows the levels of ignorance to the extent where it is frightening. It shows how efficient propaganda can deceive- or is it financial rewards?

      BA - 2012-01-13 12:46

      Barry do not worry about Israel. It will endure. Worry about all the arab states that are finally disintegrating, including iran, after their tactic to deflect attention away from their own problems and onto Israel has finally stopped working.

      Willie - 2012-01-13 12:53

      You are sinking in propaganda big time

      Barry - 2012-01-13 20:38

      @Dirk and BA...dream on

  • zaakiro - 2012-01-13 08:27

    US bombed Afghanistan and are still fighting that war, loosing hundreds of Soldiers each year, US bombed Iraq and well let's agree they failed....They have bombed Libya, They have had their fingers everywhere and while they haven't entirely succeeded they still continue...Any interference in Iran would be amongst the biggest wars the world has seen in the modern era. Iran has a strong military backing, they have the backing of both super-powers in Russia and more importantly China. Any attack on Iran would spell massive conflict, that could be a massive blow to the US. Something they clearly trying to avoid, although as we expect they will medal eventually. While it's unknown where Iran stands with other Arab countries if a war had to spell out, no doubt if Israel joins the US, it could be catastrophic for all parties involved.

      Anthony - 2012-01-13 08:42

      iran has a strong military backing so did iraq and libya, look what happened there!

      Colin - 2012-01-13 09:36

      Iran is not really Arab - it's Persian, Azerbaijanis, Kurd and others with Arabs making up 2% [See Wikipedia]. It's religion is mostly Shiite whereas most Arabs are Sunni - and there is no love lost between these two strands of Islam (like the Protestant/Catholic conflicts in the 16th & 17th centuries in England and Europe, continued until today in Ireland). The US has recently sold a record amount of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, which has never fought Israel but fears Iran. Iran's Arab neighbours have more to fear from Iran and its nuclear potential than Israel - which has never fought a war against Iran, unlike Arab Iraq. Right now, President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamene’i have their hands full with the Arab Spring threatening to spill into Iran, their major client Bassad of Syria facing unrest and universal disapproval (including from other Arab states) and their proxy Hisbollah forced out of Syria. This could explain the "suicidal" bravado posturing over the Strait of Hormuz - distraction from internal mess by creating an external threat. Like an Agatha Christie novel, there is no shortage of potential suspects, based upon motive & self-interest alone. v To add another twist, as we have seen from the recent alleged husband on (ex-) wife assassinations in SA, they are not always motivated by politics.

  • Maitseo - 2012-01-13 08:34

    my opinion in this matter has nothing to do with the acts of this man that was killed but it has always been alledged that the americans wanted to take control of the source that runs the economy,oil. in order for that to be done one would have to wipe out the assets of the country so that when they actually do go to war, they are in a better state. how do you say "we have nothing to do with the murder" yet you have an idea who did it? sounds to me like someone is not saying something

      Graziella - 2012-01-13 14:11

      Yeah, and we know what the sanctions did to the Iraqis before their country was carpet bombed. I doubt if Attila or Ghengis Khan were this cruel.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-13 08:53

    Haha of course USA wasn't involved LOL. I also saw the cow jump over the moon, and Elvis is really alive, well and living in Brakpan.

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-13 10:30

    f*cket just nuke the world already!!!

  • Michael - 2012-01-13 10:48

    It was zuma, the d00s stole his chicken

  • mdy.chauke - 2012-01-13 12:26

    I admire the unity & the will of Iranian people of remaining sovereign&united amid all odds & acts of sabotage that they get from the west,it's clear America can't play the forever roll of monopolising to suit superiority&their too much proud egos @ the expense of other nationalities,Iran must remain united & defend it's self if need arise.

      Joop - 2012-01-13 14:14

      How can there be unity in a country where people are too scared to speak up or get killed by the police. Having lived in Iran, I know how much devision there is. It terrorizes its people.

  • Deon - 2012-01-13 16:07

    My money is on Israel, the US would have dropped a bomb or 2.

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