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Iran Threatens Severe Revenge for The Assassination of Her Nuclear Scientist

Iran has vowed “severe revenge” for the killer of her Nuclear Scientist. The Army chief Mohammad Bagheri stated this while reacting to the killing of the Iranian nuclear don Moshen Fakhrizadeh.

Sources said Moshen was attacked on Friday by at least five gunmen after an explosion near his car in a village called Absard in Tehran, a suburb of the capital city where the Iranian elite usually go for a retreat.

The chief of staff vowed revenge against the killer of the country’s top nuclear scientist. His emphasis was on the severity of the retaliation. “Terrorist groups and the leaders and the perpetrators of this cowardly attempt should know that severe revenge awaits them,” Mohammad tweeted.

Iran began its nuclear program in the 1950s by establishing research reactors, two uranium mines and research several sites, and three uranium enrichment plants. They launched their nuclear program with the help of The United States being part of the Atom for Peace program.

In 1970, Iran consented to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This international treaty seeks to prevent the spread of weapon technology and nuclear weapons, encourage the peaceful use of atomic energy, and pursue nuclear disarmament.

By signing this treaty, Iran brought its nuclear program under the verification of IAEA’s. IAEA is the International Atomic Energy Agency, an international agency that drives nuclear energy’s peaceful use.

Iran continued to enjoy the support of the US and western Europe until the 1979 Iranian revolution. In 1981, Iran decided to continue and re-engineered its Nuclear Program. She negotiated with France and Argentina between the 1980s and 1990s. Russia later provided Iran’s expertise through a research partnership program where Russia provided Iran with technical information and Nuclear Experts.

In early 2000, Iran’s nuclear program began generating concerns. The IAEA decided to launch an investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities in 2003. In 2006, the United Nations Security Council asked Iran to suspend its nuclear program because it disagreed with the NPT. However, in 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported with evidence that Iran was conducting experiments aimed at designing a nuclear bomb until 2003, and might have continued, in the same in a smaller scale. The United States National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) confirmed Iran’s compliance with the security council instruction.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is a physics professor, a member of the Iranian revolutionary, a foremost nuclear scientist, and a significant figure behind Iran’s nuclear program. The idea behind the assassination is believed to be a plot to slow down Iran’s nuclear-proliferated activities or seek to achieve such.

 

His death has been speculated to have an acute political undertone to which Israel and the US might not be wholly exonerated. In January, the US was alleged to have assassinated an Iranian Military General in what was believed to be a strategy to slow down the Iranian forces.

 

Until Mushen’s death, he was a Professor at the University of Imam Hossein University, a Nuclear Research Scientist, and a Brigadier General in the Iranian Revolutionary Gaurd. He was 59 years old.

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