Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan
Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani
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Iran says nabbed suspects in scientist's murder

Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani claims several suspects arrested for involvement in death of nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan

Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani said Monday Iranian forces have arrested a number of people suspected of involvement in the killing of nuclear scientist and Natanz official Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan in Tehran last Wednesday.


"A number of people who had a hand in the assassination of Martyr Ahmadi-Roshan have been arrested,” Larijani told Al-Alam News Network.

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“Investigation is underway to identify the terrorists and details about the assassination,” he added. "Iran will not stay silent."


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Last week Larijani remarked that Iran's nuclear program is too strong to be derailed by the assassination of a few scientists, blaming arch-enemy Israel for a series of "terrorist attacks."


"These terrorist attacks just show how weak Israel really is. They have tried all other options, and clung onto terrorist attacks when they ran out of options to oppress Iran," Larijani told a news conference at Iran's embassy in Ankara.


Meanwhile, The UK Sunday Times quoted an unnamed Israeli source on Monday describing Roshan's  assassination. "What is seen in espionage films as a simple operation is a result of hard work, many months of intelligence gathering and a well trained team," the source said.


According to the London-based newspaper, Mossad agents are responsible for the targeted attack which killed the Iranian scientist last week. "There is zero tolerance for mistakes. By nature, every failure not only risks the neck of the agents but also risks turning into an international scandal," the source told the paper.


The nuclear scientist also had a hand in developing Iran's missile program, claimed Roshan's commander from the Basij, a volunteer organization under the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.


According to him, Roshan initially worked for the defense ministry and after sometime was "responsible for other sensitive things" at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Roshan studied chemistry at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, which has been previously linked to the development of arms and missiles, with the help of Iranian Revolutionary Guards.


According to the Israeli source, targeting nuclear scientists is a precursor to a military strike and not an alternative, in an ongoing attempt to stop Iran's nuclear program.




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