UNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 — Iran has warned the United States and Israel against “adventuristic” steps and stressed that Tehran has a right to protect its interests, Iran Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi wrote in a letter to the UN secretary-general and Security Council after the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist.
The Iranian Defence Ministry said on Friday that the head of its research and innovation centre, nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had been killed, Sputnik news agency reported.
“Warning against any adventuristic measures by the United States and Israel against my country, particularly during the remaining period of the current administration of the United States in office, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its rights to take all necessary measures to defend its people and secure its interests,” Ravanchi said in the letter on late Friday.
The Iranian diplomat pointed out that Tehran had evidence proving that the assassination had been orchestrated from abroad.
“The cowardly assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh – with serious indications of Israeli responsibility in it – is another desperate attempt to wreak havoc on our region as well as to disrupt Iran’s scientific and technological development,” Ravanchi said.
The ambassador called on the UN secretary-general and Security Council to condemn the assassination of Fakhrizadeh.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the criminal assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh, and expects the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Security Council to strongly condemn this inhumane terrorist act and take necessary measures against its perpetrators,” he added.
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also accused Israel of being involved in the death of the nuclear scientist, and called on the international community to condemn the act, which he called one of “state terror.”