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$100 mn of US assets to freeze in relation to assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists

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Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The serial killings of Iranian scientists must stop. This comment was made by families of the five slain nuclear scientists who were allegedly assassinated by Israeli agents.

Now, the households of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the US for its support for Tel Aviv in what people here call terrorist activities against Iran.

Iran does not recognize Israel as a country. This is why the case is not directly aimed at Israel, but it is targeting the US as a supporting force behind Tel Aviv. If succeeded, the move will lead to the freezing of American assets in foreign countries.

The legal action comes over a month after the assassination of top Iranian nuclear figure, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which as in the previous incidents, Iran blames on Israel.

Israel has a history of targeted killing of Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010; Fakhrizadeh is the fifth victim.

While Tel Aviv has not commented on any of the killings, its footsteps can be tracked. In this video recorded in 2018, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives the game away.

Coupled with the EU's lack of commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal, the assassination of Fakhrizadeh made Iran to change its policy with regards to its nuclear program.

In response, the Islamic Republic officially announced that it resumed enriching Uranium at 20-percent purity, markedly distancing from the 3.67 percent cap set by the nuclear deal.

The legal team here says the lawsuit against the US pursues a single goal: to break the chain of its unlawful targeting of key Iranian scientists. However, while the five slain scientists are viewed as the nuts and bolts of Iran's nuclear industry, officials say the sector is up and running.

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