A senior adviser to the Iranian Supreme Leader said that Iran would provide a "calculated and decisive" response to the assassination of its nuclear scientist, while a hard-line newspaper suggested that Tehran's retaliation include attacking the Israeli city of Haifa.
“Undoubtedly, Iran will give a calculated and decisive answer to the criminals who took Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh from the Iranian nation,” Kamal Kharrazi, who is also head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said in a statement.
Fakhrizadeh, who had long been suspected by the Western and Israeli governments of planning a secret nuclear weapons program, was ambushed on a highway near Tehran on Friday and was shot dead in his car.
Iran's clerical and military rulers blamed the assassination on Israel, the former enemy of the Islamic Republic. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010.
29 November 2020