January 13, 2012

120 World Countries Condemn Assassination of Iranian Scientist

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), with 120 member states from across the globe, issued a communiqué to condemn the Wednesday assassination of an Iranian university professor and scientist.

"The Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau, while reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that occurred in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, on 11 January 2012, causing the death of another prominent Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and the injury of a number of others," NAM said in its statement on Thursday.

"The Movement expresses its deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of this heinous act and to their families, and to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran," it added.

Ahmadi Roshan, a 32-year-old chemistry professor and deputy director of commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed in a terrorist bomb blast in a Northern Tehran neighborhood on Wednesday morning.

The magnetic bomb which was planted by an unknown motorcyclist under Roshan's car also wounded two other Iranian nationals, including his driver who died at a nearby hospital a few hours later on Wednesday.

NAM further reminded a similar statement that it had issued to condemn the assassination of several other Iranian scientists in the last two years.

"The NAM Coordinating Bureau further recalls paragraph 205.14 of the Bali Final Document adopted by the 16th NAM Ministerial Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, on 25 and 26 May 2011, that strongly condemned a number of terrorist attacks against Iranian scientists, which resulted in the loss of valuable human resources essential to the development of any country," the world bloc said.

The Wednesday blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

The assassination method used in the Wednesday bombing was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani - who is now the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization - and his colleague Majid Shahriari. Abbasi Davani survived the attack, while Shahriari was martyred.

Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei blamed the CIA and Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, for the recent killing of an Iranian scientist, but meantime underlined that terror attacks cannot halt or undermine the country's progress.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, who was martyred Wednesday, was the third Iranian nuclear scientist to be killed by a bomb placed underneath his car in the past two years. A fourth survived a similar assassination attempt.

Roshan's death shows that "the global arrogance spearheaded by the US and Zionism has reached a deadlock in confrontation with the determined, devout and progressive nation of Islamic Iran," the Supreme Leader said in a message released to mark the martyrdom of the Iranian university professor and a deputy director at Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

Those responsible will not own up, Ayatollah Khamenei said, but the attack "has been carried out by the planning or support of CIA and Mossad [spy] services, like all other crimes of the network of international state terrorism".

He ended his message of condolence with a warning. "We shall persist in punishing the perpetrators of this crime, as well those supporting them behind the scenes."

Other Iranian officials also blamed the killings on Israel and the United States

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