Iran urges UN to condemn terror acts
Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei
Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaei, has expressed deep concern over the “inhumane acts of terrorism” against Iranian scientists, urging the world body to strongly condemn such “foreign-sponsored” measures.
In a Wednesday letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Iranian envoy called on the UN, the Security Council and other international bodies to adopt necessary strategies to eradicate terrorism in all forms.
Citing previous assassination attempts on Iranian scientists, Khazaei said there is strong proof that foreign agents are behind such terrorist acts with the purpose of curbing Iran's nuclear program and under the pretext that diplomacy cannot stop the country's nuclear activities.
He noted that such agents spare no efforts to deprive the Islamic Republic of its inalienable right to peaceful nuclear activities, stressing that they seek to carry out covert operations including the assassination of nuclear scientists and other forms of military attack.
The Iranian diplomat underlined the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities and highlighted the country's “absolute”right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Any political and economic pressure or terrorist acts against Iran's nuclear scientists will not deprive the Iranian nation of its right, he added.
On January 11, an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to the car of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan near a college building of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. Ahmadi Roshan was immediately killed and his driver, who had sustained injuries, passed away a few hours later in a hospital.
Ahmadi Roshan was a chemical engineering graduate of the prominent Sharif University of Technology and served as the deputy director of marketing at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.
The latest terrorist attack comes as Iran has reached an agreement with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany -- to hold negotiations in Turkey.
The US, Israel and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to sway the UNSC to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.
Based on these accusations, they have also repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike.
This is while in November 2011, some of the US presidential hopefuls called for conducting covert operations ranging from assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists to launching a military strike on Iran as well as sabotaging Tehran's nuclear program.
The calls for assassinations are not idle threats as a number of Iranian scientists have been assassinated over the past few years. Professor Majid Shahriari and Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi are among the victims of these acts of terror.
On November 29, 2010, Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks; Shahriari was killed immediately and Dr. Abbasi, the current director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, only sustained injuries.
Iran says as the UN Resolution 1747, adopted against Tehran in March 2007, cited Abbasi's name as a "nuclear scientist," the perpetrators were in a position to trace their victim.
According to reports, Ahmadi Roshan had recently met International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors, a fact which indicates that the IAEA has leaked information about Iran's nuclear facilities and scientists.