Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Iran to publicize details of foiled attempts to kill Iranian scientists

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the Islamic Republic will soon publicize details of foiled attempts to assassinate the country’s nuclear scientists.

“Good news will soon be publicized on thwarting assassination plots against some of the nuclear scientists of our country,” Moslehi told reporters on Wednesday.

He said that Iran has taken very good measures and delivered a heavy blow to the elements and terrorist groups that sought to target Iranian nuclear scientists.

The Iranian intelligence minister added that the Islamic Republic has continued its intelligence operations and managed to identify and foil attempts made by the terrorist groups to carry out assassinations.

Moslehi said further details will be announced in the future.

    Since 2009, five Iranian nuclear scientists have become the target of terrorist attacks, which have killed four of them.

In the latest series of attacks, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated in January 2012 after an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to his car near Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran.

Iran condemns the United States and Israel for the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.

Washington, Tel Aviv and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program.

Iran refutes the allegations and argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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