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EU calls Fakhrizadeh's assassination 'a criminal act'

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels

We are told that EU officials are monitoring the situation in the Middle East very closely as tensions escalate over the assassination last Friday of senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The 27-nation bloc's foreign policy spokesperson, Peter Stano, gave this reaction when we spoke to him via Skype. 

One EU lawmaker says Israel orchestrated the attack under false pretenses and in cahoots with the Trump administration to try and scupper Joe Biden's plans to re-engage with Iran in 2021.

Political commentators say the EU has a pattern of issuing strongly-worded statements but will once again shy away from taking any firm steps against Israel. They say the bloc has turned a blind eye to repeated international law violations perpetrated by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Apparently, this is because the EU does not want to upset the United States, but also trade in weapons and goods with these regimes is worth billions of euros annually.

The big question now is how Tehran might respond to Fakhrizadeh's murder and what impact any such response could have on ambitions under a Biden presidency to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Tehran has always insisted its nuclear energy program is purely peaceful. Security analysts say the Israeli regime and the very powerful Israel lobby in Washington have shown time and time again that the last thing in the world they want is peace with Iran.

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