Iran Sends Letter to UN Chief after Assassination of Nuclear Scientist

Iran Sends Letter to UN Chief after Assassination of Nuclear Scientist

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations sent a letter to the UN secretary general and the UN Security Council after the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, saying Tehran reserves the right to defend itself.

In the letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UNSC on Friday evening, Iran’s ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said there are “serious indications of Israeli responsibility” in the assassination of Fakhrizadeh.

He also stressed that Iran reserves the right to defend itself.

“The cowardly assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh -- with serious indications of Israeli responsibility in it – is another desperate attempt to wreak havoc on our region as well as to disrupt Iran’s scientific and technological development,” Takht Ravanchi said in the letter.

“Warning against any adventuristic measures by the United States and Israel against my country, particularly during the remaining period of the current administration of the United States in office, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its rights to take all necessary measures to defend its people and secure its interests,” the letter said.

The envoy also referred to the assassination of several prominent Iranian scientists in terrorist attacks over the past decade, saying that there was strong evidence that some foreign parties were behind those assassinations, Press TV reported.

“Over the current decade, several top Iranian scientists have been targeted and assassinated in terrorist attacks and our firm evidence clearly indicates that certain foreign quarters have been behind such assassinations,” it said.

The ambassador also hailed Fakhrizadeh’s significant role in combating the COVID-19 disease in Iran.

“One of the latest services of Martyr Fakhrizadeh was his outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous COVID-19 test kit, which is a great contribution to our national efforts in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when Iran is under inhumane sanctions of the United States, strictly preventing our access to humanitarian goods including medicines and medical equipment,” he said.

Takht Ravanchi urged Guterres and the UNSC to strongly condemn the terrorist act and take necessary measures against its perpetrators.

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