TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Monday asserted that Israel was behind the killing of a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program from the 2000s in a bid to begin a war at the very last days of President Trump’s government.
Rouhani’s remarks at a news conference marked the first time he’s immediately accused the Jewish nation of carrying out the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh late a month.
Israel, long suspected of murdering Iranian nuclear scientists during the previous ten years, has declined to comment on the assault.
“Waging war and instability in the last days of this Trump government was the major goal of the Zionist regime at the assassination,” Rouhani said.
Rouhani pledged to avenge the killing but said his nation won’t allow Israel to pick the”period or place” of any retaliatory actions. He explained Iran won’t permit uncertainty in the area.
The International Atomic Energy Agency claims that the “structured program” finished in 2003. U.S. intelligence agencies agreed with that assessment in a 2007 report.
Following the killing of Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian security official, Ali Shamkhani, accused Israel of using”electronics” to kill the scientist.
Israel insists Iran nonetheless maintains the dream of creating atomic weapons, pointing into Tehran’s ballistic missile program and research to other technology.