Iran Arrests Terrorists Behind Assasination Of Nuclear Scientists

Iran’s intelligence ministry has announced the capture of main elements behind the assassination of the country’s nuclear scientists.

Press TV reports:

Press TV – “The key perpetrators of the assassinations of Majid Shahriari, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan (two of the slain nuclear scientists) and Reza Qashqaei (the driver) were identified and, in a series of rapid and authoritative operations, were arrested and transferred to detention facilities,” the ministry announced in a Thursday statement.

The statement pointed to Iran’s extensive intelligence operations following the assassination of the first Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010 and pointed out that the investigations led to the identification of a number of Israeli intelligence officers and their mercenaries.

Earlier on May 15, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi announced that Tehran obtained vital clues regarding the serial assassinations of four Iranian nuclear scientists.

Iran condemns the US and Israel for the strings of deadly attacks mounted against its nuclear experts.

Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated in January 2012 after an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to his car in Tehran.

On November 29, 2010, Professor Majid Shahriari and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks; Shahriari was killed immediately and Dr. Abbasi, the current head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, sustained injuries.

In November 2011, some of the US presidential hopefuls called for conducting covert operations ranging from assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists to launching a military strike on Iran as well as sabotaging Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The Guardian reports:

Iran arrests suspects over nuclear scientists’ deaths

Iran intelligence ministry claims detained suspects are linked to assassinations of nuclear scientists and have ties with Israel.

Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was killed in a car bomb blast in Tehran in January. His driver was also killed in the attack. Photograph: Fars/EPA

Iran has claimed it has arrested the “main elements” behind the assassination of two of its nuclear scientists, alleging they were spies working for Israel.

The intelligence ministry said on Thursday it had identified a number of agents affiliated with the “Zionist regime” involved in the January assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a key figure at one of Iran’s main uranium-enrichment facilities and the 2010 killing of Majid Shariari, a senior nuclear scientist.

Local news agencies published what appears to be a terse statement by the ministry, which does not shed light on the numbers, names or nationalities of those said to be detained nor clarifies where and when they were arrested.

“A series of heavy and thorough intelligence operations which begun after the assassination of our first nuclear scientists … led to the identification of a number of agents [gathering information] for the fake regime that rules over the occupied territories,” it said.

In January, attackers on a motorbike stuck a magnetic bomb to a car carrying Roshan, deputy director of the Natanz plant. The car’s driver, Reza Ghashghaee, was also killed in the attack, which took place during morning rush-hour in Tehran.

Roshan was the latest victim in what is widely seen as a covert war against the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme. It was the fifth assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in the past two years.

Shariari, a member of the nuclear engineering faculty at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, was killed in November 2010 when bomb attacks targeted two Iranian nuclear scientists.

Shahriari was killed. His colleague, Fereidoun Abbasi-Davani, who was wounded in the attack, was later promoted as head of the country’s atomic energy agency.

Shahriari and Abbasi-Davani were targeted by attackers on motorcycles who attached bombs to the victims’ cars.

In recent years, Iran’s nuclear programme has experienced setbacks including the assassination of its scientists and the release of the Stuxnet computer worm, designed to sabotage its atomic facilities and halt its enrichment programme. The malware is believed to have targeted a control system used in Iran’s nuclear sites in July 2010.

Embarrassed domestically by the inability to protect its scientists, Iran claims it has launched various sophisticated operations to identify the culprits.

In May this year, Iran hanged 26-year-old Majid Jamali Fashi, who the authorities alleged was responsible for the assassination of Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, a particle physicist killed in January 2010.

According to Iran, Jamali-Fashi confessed to having attached a remote-controlled bomb to a motorcycle parked on the street, which detonated and killed Ali-Mohammadi while he was leaving home for work. The extent of Ali-Mohammadi’s involvement in the country’s nuclear programme is unclear.

In the face of little independent information available on Jamali-Fashi, observers have questioned whether he was involved in the killing of Ali-Mohammadi. Some suspect Iran is struggling to cover its embarrassment at home by staging a series of show trials and claims of arrests.

Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful and has accused the west – the US and Israel in particular – of attempting to prevent Tehran from acquiring a technology it claims to want for medical and energy supply purposes.

The west fears Iran’s nuclear programme may have military applications and has imposed sanctions to force the authorities to permit the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors full access to its nuclear sites.

Iran is due to hold nuclear talks with the world’s major powers in Moscow next week, when its top officials meet their counterparts from the US, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain, the group known as P5+1

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