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Daughter of martyred nuclear scientist urges IAEA chief to give impartial reports on Iran's peaceful nuclear program

The undated picture shows Armita Rezaeinejad, the daughter of martyred Iranian nuclear scientist Dariush Rezaeinejad, holding a photo of her father. (Photo by Mehr news agency)

The daughter of an Iranian nuclear scientist martyred by agents of Israel more than a decade ago has urged the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to give “impartial and fair” reports on the country’s nuclear activities.

Armita Rezaeinejad, the daughter of Dariush Rezaeinejad, made the remark while addressing IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi during his recent visit to Iran, which ended on Saturday.

“I had a normal life 11 years ago, but six bullets ended that life. I was four and a half when my father was assassinated before my eyes,” she said.

Rezaeinejad added, “He was a scientist who had nothing to do with violence. And I am not the only one. But that’s only a part of the story.”

She then touched on the negative effects of the brutal sanctions imposed on the Iranian nation by the United States and its Western allies on grounds of the country’s totally peaceful nuclear program.

“Today, many patients lose their lives because they are receiving no medicine,” Rezaeinejad said, adding, “Many people are crushed by the bad economic situation caused by the sanctions.”

She concluded her remarks by saying, “The nation of Iran expects you to help us ... improve that economic state by giving imperial and fair reports about Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.”

Over the past years, Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of the Western and Israeli spy agencies’ assassination attempts.

Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists — namely Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Darioush Rezaeinejad and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan — were assassinated, while another, Fereydoon Abbasi, was wounded in an attempted murder.

In June 2012, Iran announced that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested all terrorist elements behind the assassination of the country’s nuclear scientists.

Rezaeinejad was shot five times and killed near his home by a team of motorcycle-riding gunmen on July 23, 2011.

He had just picked up his daughter from kindergarten when the attack occurred. His wife and daughter were injured but survived the attack.

In August of the same year, the German weekly news magazine, Der Spiegel, said that Mossad was behind the operation.

In the latest case, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was assassinated on November 27, 2020. His car was targeted with an explosive device and machine-gun fire in Absard 40 kilometers to the East of Tehran near Damavand.

Mossad had apparently gained access to Fakhrizadeh's name via a UN list.

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