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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.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, U.N, Jerry Matjila, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Agnes Callamard, Fakhrizadeh, Callamard, extraterritorially, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, , ” U.N, Stephane Dujarric, Donald Trump’s Organizations: YORK, United Nations Security Council, Iranian Defense Ministry, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Diplomats, Security, United, Security Council, Washington, Twitter, U.S Locations: Iranian, Tehran, Iran, United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, Fakhrizadeh, Israeli, Israel
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.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Imamzadeh Saleh, Hamed Malekpour, Zarif, Will, Adel, Jubeir, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike, Pompeo’s, ” Zarif, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, , Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi, Iranian, Gulf Cooperation Council, RT, Riyadh’s United Nations Locations: Tehran, Iran, Riyadh, Iranian, Saudi Arabia, Israeli, , Israel, Gulf, Russian
WASHINGTON — The assassination of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist shocked Iran's leadership but will not derail the country's nuclear program, which has been steadily advancing despite President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" policy, experts say. The United States and Western governments believe he oversaw a covert nuclear weapons program, which U.S. intelligence agencies say was shut down in 2003. Iran denies it ever had a nuclear weapons program, and it has accused Israel of orchestrating last week's assassination. But Iran's nuclear work continued unabated, and its know-how remains intact, experts said. Iran will be able to resume its nuclear weapons program if that's what Ayatollah Khamenei chooses to do, Lewis wrote.
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Swedish-Iranian scientist may face imminent execution, say rights groups
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, may face imminent execution, rights groups said on Tuesday. “On 1 December, a judge said Ahmadreza was to be transferred to Rajai Shahr prison TODAY to proceed with his imminent execution,” Amnesty International said on Twitter. “His lawyer was informed that Ahmadreza would be transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison ... today (Tuesday, Dec. 1),” Iran Human Rights said in a statement, quoting his wife Vida Mehrannia. Sweden’s foreign minister said last week she had spoken to her Iranian counterpart after reports Iran may soon carry out Djalali’s death sentence. Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries.
Persons: Ahmadreza Djalali, , Ahmadreza, Vida Mehrannia Organizations: Reuters, Amnesty, Twitter, Rights, Karolinska Institute Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Rajai Shahr, Swedish, Stockholm, Israel, Tehran
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
The letter came after the United States imposed sanctions on October 8 against 18 Iranian banks as part of a campaign to exert “maximum pressure” on Tehran. The order barred Americans further from dealing with the Iranian banks and extended secondary sanctions on foreign companies that did business with those lenders. A Bundesbank spokesman confirmed that Iranian banks held accounts with it in order to process payments but declined to comment on them individually. “The German Bundesbank is bound by national and European law, also, naturally, in relation to financial sanctions,” the spokesman said. Five Iranian banks - all of which are subject to U.S. sanctions - held roughly 3.8 billion euros on deposit with the Bundesbank at the beginning of the year, according to the banks’ financial accounts.
Persons: Trump, Christopher Pike, Bundesbank, Donald Trump, , , Barack Obama’s, Joe Biden, Biden, Klaus Ernst, Ernst, Justine Walker, Helmut Gottlieb, we’ve, ” Gottlieb Organizations: United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Reuters, , U.S . State Department, Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth, Development, of International Finance, Britain, Bank for International, Bank Melli, Trump Locations: FRANKFURT, LONDON, Germany, France, Britain, Iran, Dubai, United Arab, Tehran, Washington, U.S, United States, Europe, IRAN, European, Berlin, America
Draft bill hardening Iran's nuclear stance clears first hurdle in parliament
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - A draft bill requiring Iran’s government to pursue uranium enrichment of 20%, and to disregard other restraints put on its nuclear programme by an accord reached with foreign powers in 2015 cleared its first hurdle in parliament on Tuesday. The legislation was proposed in the wake of the assassination of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, and the hardline-dominated parliament cleared the draft on the first reading in a session broadcast live on state radio. Parliament has often demanded without much success a hardening of Iran’s position on the nuclear issue in recent years. Iran has already breached limits in its nuclear deal with world powers to protest at a U.S withdrawal from the accord. The maximum fissile purity to which it has enriched uranium has remained around 4.5%, above the deal’s 3.67% cap but below the 20% Iran has achieved before and the 90% required for a nuclear bomb.
Persons: Israel, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Organizations: Reuters Locations: DUBAI, Tehran, Iran
Photos of the month: November
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Canice Leung | ) www.reuters.com + 0.97   time to read: +1 min
Masoumeh Ataei sits on a bed at her home in Parand, suburb of Tehran, Iran November 5, 2020. Ataei, 37, was the victim of an acid attack about 10 years ago from her former father-in-law after her divorce. She suffered severe burns to her face, body...moreMasoumeh Ataei sits on a bed at her home in Parand, suburb of Tehran, Iran November 5, 2020. Ataei, 37, was the victim of an acid attack about 10 years ago from her former father-in-law after her divorce. She suffered severe burns to her face, body and hands, and lost her vision.
Persons: Masoumeh Ataei, Ataei, Majid Asgaripour Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS Locations: Parand, Tehran, Iran, Ataei
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.
Persons: Israel, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, , Ali Rabiei, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, law.Iran, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Supreme National Security Council Locations: DUBAI, United States, Iranian, Tehran, Iran
Nuclear Scientist’s Killing Prompts Iranian Lawmakers to Act
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Aresu Eqbali | Sune Engel Rasmussen | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.78   time to read: 1 min
TEHRAN—Iranian lawmakers urged the Rouhani government to restrict United Nations inspections of its nuclear activities and boost uranium enrichment, following the killing last week of a top nuclear scientist. On Tuesday, a majority of parliamentary members agreed on the outlines of a motion that would allow Iran to curtail access for U.N. inspectors to Iranian facilities that are not declared nuclear sites, and begin stocking highly enriched uranium, an essential step in producing fissile material for a possible nuclear weapon....
Organizations: United Locations: TEHRAN, Iran
A top Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in an attack in a town near Tehran on Nov. 27, the latest blow to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh risks fueling hostilities in the Middle East at a time when Iran needs to restore diplomacy with the U.S. to gain sanctions relief and salvage its economy, but is also looking for ways to deter its enemies. His death was also a strike against Iran’s nuclear capabilities, which Tehran agreed to contain in the 2015 nuclear deal, but which the U.S. and its allies still face challenges in restraining. Who was Mohsen Fakhrizadeh? Mr. Fakhrizadeh, a physics professor and brigadier general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was widely seen as the father of Iran’s weapons program in the 1990s and 2000s, before it was disbanded.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Robert Oppenheimer Organizations: Iran’s, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, U.S Locations: Iranian, Tehran, Iran, American
Air strike kills IRGC commander at Iraq-Syria border - Iraqi officials
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at the Iraq-Syria border sometime between Saturday and Sunday, Iraqi security and local militia officials said on Monday. The vehicle was carrying weapons across the Iraqi border and was hit after it had entered Syrian territory, two Iraqi security officials separately said. Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups helped retrieve the bodies, the two officials said, without elaborating or giving the exact time of the incident. Local military and militia sources confirmed the account, although Reuters was unable to verify independently that an Iranian commander had been killed. Iraqi officials fear a conflagration ahead of President-elect Joe Biden taking office because he is viewed as less confrontational with Iran than the Trump administration.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al Organizations: Guards, Local, Reuters Locations: BAGHDAD, Iraq, Syria, Syrian, Iran, Iraqi, Tehran, Israel, United States
Bahrain condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: 1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Bahrain’s ministry of foreign affairs on Monday condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran and called for all parties to show restraint. “Given what the region is going through, the kingdom of Bahrain calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid the region drifting to new levels of instability and threatening peace,” the ministry added.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Locations: CAIRO, Tehran, Bahrain
Lebanon urges self-restraint after killing of Iranian scientist
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon on Monday called for self-restraint following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, to avoid a slide towards the “worst scenario”. Lebanon, which is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, condemned the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday in an ambush near Tehran. In a statement, the Lebanese foreign ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide towards the worst scenario in the region”. Hezbollah, which was founded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982 and exercises major influence in Lebanon, has said the response for the assassination is in Iran’s hands. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Iran’s, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Iran’s, Guards, West Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Iranian, Tehran . Iran, Lebanese, Israel
Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the last decade, has declined to comment on the attack. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful. Though long suspicious of Iran's nuclear program, the Emirates has said it wants to de-escalate the crisis. Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran on Saturday. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
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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
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s English-language Press TV reported on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last week was made in Israel, the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground. Speaking before the Press TV report, Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told radio station 103 FM on Monday that he did not know who was responsible. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel, for Fakhrizadeh’s killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
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Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSIran’s English-language Press TV reported the weapon used in Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was made in Israel. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s killing. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
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Iran's top nuclear scientist was killed with a remote-controlled machine gun, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Mohsen Fakhrizad, who was seen as the father of Iran's nuclear program, was killed while driving with his wife and security convoy near Tehran on Friday. The gun was mounted on the back of a Nissan truck which self-destructed after the three-minute attack, Fars said. Iran's foremost nuclear scientist was killed by a remote-controlled machine gun mounted atop a truck, the semi-official Fars news agency has said. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesAccording to Fars, after the hit on Fakhrizadeh was complete, the Nissan truck exploded.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizad, Israel, Ali Shamkhani, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Amir Hatami, Mohamed Ahwaze, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, , Donald Trump, Barack Obama Organizations: Nissan, Iranian, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, BBC, Organization of Iran, Terrorists, Getty Images, New York Times, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, International Atomic Energy Agency Locations: Fars, Tehran, Iran, Absard, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, Sharifi, Iranian
This is part of Iran's longstanding campaign to amass foreign — particularly US and European — hostages so they can be used as pawns in future diplomatic deals with their countries, US and European officials told Insider. "Iran thinks it will always be treated like a pariah state by the West," the official added. A funeral ceremony of Iranian Top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in Tehran, Iran on November 30, 2020. Moore-Gilbert familyIran's playbook — according to the US official, and seconded by the European intelligence official — for dual citizens were obvious:They would be interrogated for information about Western activities in Iran. Journalists have also been arrested, said the European intelligence official, pointing to dual-national Americans who have arrested and imprisoned in Tehran.
Persons: Kylie Moore, Gilbert, , Israel, Moore, Iran's, Trump, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, They've, Joe, Biden, Hassan Rouhani, wasn't Organizations: Top, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Trump, Reuters, University of Melbourne, Journalists, Intelligence, US Locations: Iran, Thailand, European, Tehran, British, Bangkok, Australia, Britain, Europe, Israel
Days after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said that retaliation is all but inevitable. I don't see any way around it," McRaven, former head of US Special Operations Command and the Navy SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said on ABC's "This Week." Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the former Navy SEAL and special operations commander who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said Sunday that Iranian retaliation for the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist is all but certain. "The Iranians are going to be in a position where they have to retaliate," McRaven said. McRaven had a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL, serving as the 11th commander of Joint Special Operations Command and the ninth commander of US Special Operations Command.
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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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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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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
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday he was concerned about the situation in Iran and wider region after the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. “We are concerned about the situation in Iran and the wider region we do want to see de-escalation of tensions,” Raab told Sky News, after Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday. “We’re still waiting to see the full facts to address the full facts of what’s happened in Iran but I would say that we stick to the rule of international humanitarian law which is very clear against targeting civilians.”
Persons: Dominic Raab, ” Raab, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, “ We’re, Organizations: British, Sky News Locations: Iran, Iranian, Tehran
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