Washington (QNN)- US President Donald Trump retweeted a post by an Israeli journalist, who is also an expert on the Israeli Mossad intelligence service, which praised the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran yesterday, describing it as a “blow for Iran”.
“Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran according to reports in Iran. He was head of Iran’s secret military program and wanted for many years by Mossad. His death is a major psychological and professional blow for Iran,” Yossi Melman said in his tweet, retweeted by Trump.
The head of Iran’s army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said “the criminal hands” of the United States and Israel were clearly seen in the assassination of a top nuclear scientist in Tehran on Friday, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on Friday.
“The criminal hand of the United States, the evil Zionist regime… are clearly seen in this crime,” Mousavi said.
Iran’s president also blamed the occupation state for the assassination. Rouhani added that Iran would retaliate over Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s killing at a time of its choosing.
Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush on his car by gunmen in the town of Absard, east of the capital Tehran.
The occupation state has not commented, but it has previously accused him of being behind a covert nuclear weapons program.
During a 2018 news conference about Iran’s allegedly ongoing nuclear development program, Netanyahu had discussed the work of Fakhrizadeh.
“This is how Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of Project Amad, put it—remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Netanyahu said.
The IAEA had said in 2002-2003, Fakhrizadeh was the executive officer of the so-called AMAD Plan, which according to its information conducted studies related to uranium, high explosives and the revamping of a missile cone to accommodate a nuclear warhead.
“If Iran ever chose to weaponize (enrichment), Fakhrizadeh would be known as the father of the Iranian bomb,” a Western diplomat who is critical of Iran’s nuclear program had told Reuters.