Nuclear scientist laid to rest as Iran vows to continue his work

Nuclear scientist laid to rest as Iran vows to continue his work

Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been laid to rest three days after his assassination outside Tehran, with the country's defense minister pledging to continue his work “with more speed and more power.”
He was buried at Imamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish in northern Tehran's Shemiran district on Monday after a detailed funeral ceremony was held in the morning.

The cortege began at the Ministry of Defense in east Tehran, with top state and military officials on hand to pay their respect to a man who played a leading role in bolstering Iran's defense power and advancing its nuclear energy program.   

An honor guard carried the casket containing his remains which reportedly received three shots during an ambush in a boulevard in Absard where assailants blew up an explosives-laden Nissan truck before targeting him and his security detail in a hail of bullets.    

The remains of the weapon used in the assassination show that it was made in Israel, an informed source told Press TV Monday. The weapon collected from the site of the terrorist act bears the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry.

Iran's Ministry of Intelligence also said it had obtained "new leads" on the identity of the perpetrators and that the information "will be publicized very soon."

At an outdoor portion of the Defense Ministry, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) chief Gen. Hossein Salami, the IRGC's Quds Force head Gen. Esmail Qa'ani, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Sahei and Intelligence Minister Mamoud Alavi sat apart from each other and wore masks due to the coronavirus pandemic as a reciter read several verses from the holy Qur'an.

A message was read out to the ceremony from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who has ordered officials to identify and punish the perpetrators of the crime and continue his scientific path with diligence.

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Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami put his forehead against the casket and kissed it before addressing the ceremony, pledging that the assassination would make Iranians “more united, more determined.”

“For the continuation of your path, we will continue with more speed and more power,” Hatami said. 

Hatami also called the nuclear arsenal of the US and the stockpile of atomic bombs Israel which is widely believed to possess at least 200 warheads “the most dangerous threat against humanity.”

Hatami also called the nuclear arsenal of the US and the stockpile of atomic bombs Israel which is widely believed to possess at least 200 warheads “the most dangerous threat against humanity.”

The defense chief vowed that “no crime, assassination or act of folly will remain unanswered on the part of the Iranian nation."

“We will certainly pursue the criminals to the bitter end. They should know that they will meet their comeuppance and the Commander-in-Chief’s imperative will be implemented,” he added, referring to the Leader’s order for punishment of the perpetrators.

Hatami said despite carrying out the assassination to further their gains, the enemies ended up suffering defeat in three areas by perpetrating the atrocity.

First, Fakhrizadeh’s assassination introduced the scientist to the world as a “great model for those setting their foot on the path of struggle.” For those, he noted, Fakhrizadeh now serves as a model for scientific endeavor, assiduity, and purity of purpose.

Secondly, the assassination acted to turn the enemies into “the most hateful” in the eyes of the Iranian people.

And thirdly, the incident only managed to improve the country’s resolve to realize its purposes and enhance its integrity. As a case in point, he cited a recent decision to double the budget allocated to the innovation center within the Defense Ministry, which Fakhrizadeh used to direct.

Hatami also reminded that the enemies had resorted to assassinating the scientist after not being able to muster the courage to conduct military action against the Islamic Republic during the four decades after the Islamic Revolution.

On Sunday, Fakhrizadeh’s body was flown to the holy city of Mashhad, where it was taken inside the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the eight infallible imam of Shia Muslims.

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It was then transferred to the holy city of Qom for a visit to the shrine of Fatima Masoumeh, the sister of Imam Reza (AS) and to the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini outside Tehran. 

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council said the enemies had launched “a number of failed operations” against Fakhrizadeh in the past.

“This time, the enemy applied a completely new, professional and sophisticated method,” he said. 

Shamkhani said “electronic devices” were used to remotely assassinate the scientist. “No individual was present at the site,” he said.

"The mastermind of this action is revealed to us, and the [MKO) hypocrites have definitely played a role; the criminal element in this act is the Zionist regime and the Mossad," he said.

The Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) has conducted numerous assassinations and bombings against Iranian statesmen and civilians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

The anti-Iran cult was on the US list of terrorist organizations until 2012 when Washington removed it from the blacklist in order to use the group for acts of sabotage against the Islamic Republic. Major European countries, including France, have also removed the MKO from their blacklists.

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