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Iran to probe N-assassination via IAEA
Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:50PM
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Assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan
Iran's permanent envoy to International Atomic Energy Agency says the country will follow up the recent assassination of nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan through the IAEA.


Ali Asghar Soltanieh said Friday that he has already written a letter to the Non-Aligned Movement countries for the condemnation of the terrorist attack in Iran and will also follow up on this issue at the IAEA.

Soltanieh added that assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists will have no affect on the Iranian nation's resolve to insist on its right to using various technologies, including the nuclear technology.

“Last summer, there was a seminar on the assassination of [Iranian] nuclear scientists at the General Conference of IAEA in which…parts of documentary films of crimes committed [in Iran] were shown in the General Conference which is the highest decision-making body of the Agency,” he added.

Asked about impact of the assassinations on Iran's cooperation with IAEA, Iran's envoy said Tehran would continue to cooperate with IAEA by allowing ordinary inspections in line with the country's obligations and in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Statute of the Agency.

“Over the past years, the US has tried to make Iran adopt measures such as showing hasty reactions or ignoring its legal obligations in order to find an excuse for hostile measures against our country through international consensus. Fortunately, the wisdom and good management of our country's officials have foiled this plot,” he added.

On January 11, an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to Ahmadi Roshan's car near Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. He was immediately killed and his driver, who sustained injuries, died a few hours later in a hospital.

Ahmadi Roshan was a Sharif University of Technology chemical engineering graduate 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.

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.

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