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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, but diplomats say the call is likely to go unheeded. Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. The Security Council is charged with maintaining international peace and security and has the ability to authorize military action and impose sanctions. The United States traditionally shields Israel from any action at the Security Council. Any council member or Iran could choose to raise the killing of Fakhrizadeh during that meeting.
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Saudi minister rejects Iranian accusation on scientist's killing
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Mourners sit next to the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during the burial ceremony at the shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh, in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. Hamed Malekpour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Tuesday criticised Iran’s foreign minister for implicating Riyadh in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. “Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have recently ramped up rhetoric against Iran, which is locked in several proxy wars with Riyadh in the region. Saudi Arabia has not formally condemned the assassination, unlike the other five Gulf Cooperation Council member countries.
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FILE PHOTO: A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. With Fakhrizadeh the fifth Iranian nuclear scientist killed in targeted attacks since 2010, security experts are suggesting Iran’s enemies have found its Achilles’ heel. This is essential for us.”Iran’s military and clerical rulers have accused Israel of killing Fakhrizadeh. Israel had identified him as a prime player in what it says is Iran’s nuclear weapons quest though Tehran denies seeking nuclear arms. Israel has not commented on the incident but in the past has acknowledged pursuing covert operations against Iran’s nuclear programme to gather intelligence.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s, Hossein Dehghan, Fakhrizadeh, , , Israel, Kasra Aarabi, Tony Blair, Ali Shamkhani, Henry Rome, Behnam Ben Taleblu, Benjamin Netanyahu, Qassem Soleimani, Mahmoud Mousavi, Majd, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Trump, Hassan Rouhani Organizations: Reuters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Revolutionary Guards ’ Security Force, Iran’s, Tony, Tony Blair Institute, Supreme National Security Council of, Eurasia Group, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Revolutionary Guards, Quds Force, U.S, , White House Locations: DUBAI, Islamic Republic, Tehran, Iran, WANA, Israel, Republic, Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Washington, U.S, Iraq
Iranian MPs seek hardening of nuclear stance after scientist killed
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )But the government promptly said the move, proposed in response to the assassination of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, could not change Iran’s nuclear policy, which was the province of the Supreme National Security Council. Parliament has often demanded a hardening of Iran’s position on the nuclear issue in recent years, without much success. A senior Iranian official said on Monday that Tehran suspected a foreign-based opposition group of complicity with Israel in the killing of Fakhrizadeh, whom Western powers see as the architect of an abandoned Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Biden has said he will return the United States to the 2015 deal if Iran resumes compliance. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons.
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WAM/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday to let Israeli airliners cross its airspace en route to the United Arab Emirates after talks between Saudi officials and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump administration official said. Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook raised the issue shortly after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks. “We were able to reconcile the issue,” the official told Reuters. The agreement was hammered out just hours before Israel’s first commercial flight to the UAE was planned on Tuesday morning. “This should resolve any issues that should occur with Israeli carriers taking people from Israel to the UAE and back and to Bahrain,” the official said.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Steve Mnuchin, Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid, Jared Kushner, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, , Israel, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: U.S, Treasury, UAE, State, Financial Affairs, Ben Gurion, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, White House, Trump, Middle, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, Handout, Saudi Arabia, United Arab, UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar
Iran begins burial of slain prominent nuclear scientist - TV
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran began the burial of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a cemetery in northern Tehran on Monday, state TV reported, as the defence minister promised the Islamic Republic would retaliate for his killing. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy, Israel, for the killing. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. His body was later transferred to the Emamzade Saleh cemetery in northern Tehran for burial. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , General Amir Hatami, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi Organizations: Reuters, Islamic Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Tehran, Islamic Republic, masterminding, Israel, Iranian, Fars
Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
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The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist was designed to derail President-elect Joe Biden's plans to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to experts and former US diplomats. One top expert on the Middle East told Insider that the assassination "fits with Israeli long-standing policy of targeting Iranian nuclear scientists." A former US diplomat told Insider there are "are ample reasons to suspect US involvement" in last Friday's attack, citing President Donald Trump's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration aimed to cripple Iran's economy and squeeze it into negotiating a more stringent version of the 2015 nuclear deal. But the Soleimani strike essentially led Iran to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal altogether.
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AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders set high hopes that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solution to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict, officials said. FILE PHOTO: Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the group photo with Arab leaders, ahead of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia March 31, 2019. “His Majesty stressed Jordan stood with all its resources alongside Palestinians in achieving their legitimate rights to set up an independent state,” the monarch was quoted as saying in the statement. Trump’s peace plan was also seen as posing an existentialist threat to Jordan with the demise of a Palestinian state through the annexation of large parts of the West Bank pushing the kingdom to become an alternative state for Palestinians. In another joint communique with Abbas, both leaders said Israel “attempts to impose new realities” by annexing and accelerating settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory.
Persons: King Abdullah, Mahmoud Abbas, Joe Biden, King Abdullah II, Zoubeir, Abbas, Jordan, Biden, Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Israel “, ” Abbas Organizations: Sunday, REUTERS, Israel, Diplomats, Israeli, West Bank Locations: AMMAN, Tunis, Tunisia, Red, Aqaba, East, U.S, Israeli, Jordan, Palestinian, East Jerusalem, Israel, Cairo
Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Steve Holland | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.
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Israel 2021 budget worth $129 billion to be presented to PM Monday - source
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s Finance Ministry will present a long awaited 2021 state budget to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that will total 426 billion shekels ($128.5 billion), a ministry source said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem January 11, 2018. Failure to approve a 2021 budget by March 31 would trigger a snap election, which would be Israel’s fourth in two years. Israel is still using a prorated version of the 2019 budget approved in 2018. Israel has approved a stimulus of more than 140 billion shekels to help businesses and households cope with the effects of the virus.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Ronen, Israel Katz Organizations: Israel’s Finance Ministry, REUTERS, Reuters Locations: JERUSALEM, Jerusalem, Israel
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will give a “calculated and decisive” response to the killing of its top nuclear scientist, said a top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, while a hardline newspaper suggested Tehran’s revenge should include striking the Israeli city of Haifa. Fakhrizadeh, long suspected by Western and Israeli government of masterminding a secret nuclear weapons program, was ambushed on a highway near Tehran on Friday and gunned down in his car. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy, Israel, for the killing. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons.
Persons: Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, ” Kamal Kharrazi, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, , Saadollah, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Iran’s Strategic, Foreign Relations, Islamic, U.S Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Haifa, masterminding, Tehran, Israel, Iranian, Washington, United States
President Donald Trump suggested on Fox Business that several world leaders have supported his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. Numerous world leaders have congratulated and recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect, almost immediately after the race was called for him. Immediately after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race, several world leaders either made contact with or congratulated him on his victory. In an interview given just a few days ago, Putin called Biden a "candidate" despite clear election results indicating he's the winner. That lack of confidence appears to have permeated his relations with world leaders, who acknowledged Biden as the victor much earlier than Trump.
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FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands by a screen with an image of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a news conference at the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 30, 2018. The IAEA and U.S. intelligence agencies believe it had a coordinated weapons programme that it halted in 2003. After Trump entered the White House promising to scrap the nuclear deal, Israel stepped up a campaign saying Iran had lied about the extent of its past nuclear activities. But she said his work in creating an infrastructure to support Iran’s nuclear work meant “his death won’t fundamentally alter the course of Iran’s nuclear programme.”This was echoed by Iranian officials. “He created a network of scientists that will continue his work,” said Fereydoon Abbasi, an Iranian nuclear scientist and former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, who survived an assassination attempt in 2010.
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Israeli minister says 'has no clue' who killed Iranian nuclear scientist
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Saturday he had “no clue” who was behind the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran. “I have no clue who did it. It’s not that my lips are sealed because I’m being responsible, I really have no clue,” Hanegbi, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told N12’s Meet the Press.
Persons: Tzachi Hanegbi, Benjamin Netanyahu Organizations: Press Locations: JERUSALEM, Iranian, Tehran,
TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader on Saturday vowed to retaliate, a day after the dramatic assassination of the country's leading nuclear scientist in a roadside attack and pledged to continue Iran's nuclear work. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised "definitive punishment" in a statement on his official website on Saturday. Later on Twitter he promised to pursue the "brutal mercenaries" behind the ambush and killing of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, near Tehran on Friday. The damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran on Friday. IRIB / AFP - Getty ImagesIn January, frayed tensions between Washington and Tehran reached boiling point after President Trump ordered the assassination of one of Iran's top military generals, Qassem Soliemani.
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The killing, which Iran’s president was swift to blame on Israel, threatens to spark a new Middle East confrontation in the final weeks of U.S. President Donald Trump’s term. Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 international nuclear pact agreed with Tehran. He was the only Iranian scientist named in the IAEA’s 2015 “final assessment” of open questions about Iran’s nuclear programme. It said he oversaw activities “in support of a possible military dimension to (Iran’s) nuclear programme”. He was a central figure in a presentation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018 accusing Iran of continuing to seek nuclear weapons.
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WASHINGTON — The assassination of the scientist who led Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon for the past two decades threatens to cripple President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal before he can even begin his diplomacy with Tehran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long identified Iran as an existential threat, and named the assassinated scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as national enemy No. But Mr. Netanyahu also has a second agenda. “There must be no return to the previous nuclear agreement,” he declared shortly after it became clear that Mr. Biden — who has proposed exactly that — would be the next president. Mr. Netanyahu believes a covert bomb program is continuing, until yesterday under Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s leadership, and would be unconstrained after 2030, when the nuclear accord’s restraints on Tehran’s ability to produce as much nuclear fuel as it wants expires.
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TEHRAN — A leading Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near the capital Tehran on Friday, Iran's Defense Ministry announced on state television. "Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote later on Twitter. "This cowardice — with serious indications of Israeli role — shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators," Zarif wrote, referring to Iran's arch-enemy Israel. Fakhrizadeh is a well-known figure and considered among the most important Iranian nuclear scientists in the country. In 2018, Netanyahu gave a presentation in which he unveiled what he described as material stolen by Israel from an Iranian nuclear archive and showed a photograph of Fakhrizadeh.
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FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s foreign minister said Iran’s arch-enemy Israel was likely to have been involved in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Friday, although he offered no evidence. “This cowardice - with serious indications of Israeli role -shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “Iran calls on int’l community - and especially EU - to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office was not commenting on reports of the attack, an official from Netanyahu’s office said. The Pentagon also declined to comment.
Persons: Mohammad Javad Zarif, Dalati, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, ” Mohammad Javad Zarif, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Organizations: REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Pentagon Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, Handout, Israel, Iran
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office was not commenting on reports of an attack on Friday on a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, an official from Netanyahu’s office said. Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Kevin Liffey Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. Iran pointed the finger at Israel, while implying the killing had the blessing of the departing Trump. He was the only Iranian scientist named in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 2015 “final assessment” of open questions about Iran’s nuclear programme. The IAEA’s report said he oversaw activities “in support of a possible military dimension to (Iran’s) nuclear programme”. Michael Mulroy, a senior Pentagon official earlier during Trump’s administration, said Fakhrizadeh was Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist and his killing would set back its nuclear programme.
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DUBAI (Reuters) - Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was injured in an assassination attempt near Tehran on Friday and was being treated in a hospital, Iranian media reported. The semi-official Fars News Agency, affiliated with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, named the nuclear scientist injured in the reported attack as Fakhrizadeh. But there was no official confirmation of a death, and Tehran’s nuclear energy body said there had been no incident involving a nuclear scientist. Fakhrizadeh is thought to have headed what the U.N. nuclear watchdog and U.S. intelligence services believe was a coordinated nuclear weapons programme in Iran shelved in 2003. Israel has also described the AMAD Plan as Iran’s secret nuclear weapons programme, and says it seized a large chunk of an Iranian nuclear “archive” detailing its work.
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“It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. SAUDI KING NOT INFORMEDSunday’s meeting was held in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel’s spy chief, Israeli media said. There was limited talk of the meeting on Saudi social media, but some opposition figures denounced the visit. Despite this, normalisation is not expected to happen while King Salman is alive, said a well-connected Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh. The Saudi source and the diplomat said the Saudi king was kept in the dark about Netanyahu’s visit.
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Saudi Arabia last weekend for a secret nighttime rendezvous with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he and his allies in Washington hoped to win assurances that a normalization deal between the two longtime Middle East rivals was in reach, Saudi advisers and U.S. officials said. But Prince Mohammed pulled back from a deal, according to the Saudi advisors and U.S. officials, largely because of the U.S. election result. Mr. Biden has said he also favors normalization deals between Arab states and Israel. He has taken a tougher stance on Saudi Arabia’s human-rights record, in particular the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. And a deal struck under the aegis of the new president could put relations between the Biden administration and Riyadh on a surer footing, Saudi aides said.
Persons: Saudi Arabia —, Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Trump, Abraham, Trump’s, Prince Mohammed, Joe Biden, Mr, Biden, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: Saudi Crown, U.S, Abraham Accords, United Arab Locations: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Washington, Saudi, Iran, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Tehran, Riyadh
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