News ID: 277587
Published: 0742 GMT December 01, 2020

EU Foreign Policy chief refers to assassination of Iran’s scientist as criminal act

EU Foreign Policy chief refers to assassination of Iran’s scientist as criminal act

The European Union’s foreign policy chief said the assassination of the Iranian prominent physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a criminal act.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell made the remarks in a phone call on Tuesday to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Ministry official website reported.

Borrell further elaborated EU position on Fakhrizadeh assassination during his telephone conerversation with Zarif.

Fakhrizadeh, 59, who served as the head the Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, was targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of assailants in Absard town of Tehran Province’s Damavand district on November 27.

Tehran believes that the Zionist regime of Israel was behind Fakhrizadeh assassination as its Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu had once called out the Iranian scientist name in a 2018 news conference saying: “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

 The New York Times said an American official and two other intelligence officials had confirmed Israel was behind the attack, without giving further details.

Reacting to Fakhrizadeh’s assassination on the day of the terrorist attack, Zarif slammed it as “cowardice”, pointing the finger to Israel.

“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice — with serious indications of Israeli role — shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Zarif tweeted.

He called on the international community – especially the European Union – “to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror”.

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