Concerns have been raised that Iran has increased its production of enriched uranium. In the meantime, the murder took place.
Enriched uranium is an essential component for the production of nuclear fuel in the civilian sector as well as for the production of nuclear weapons for military use.
Iran has always said it uses its nuclear program only for peaceful purposes.
In May 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech on Iran’s nuclear program. Mentioning Fakhrizadeh’s name specifically, he said he was leading Iran’s secret program.
Iran’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the car bomb had exploded at the Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, west of Mosul.
“A clash ensued between his bodyguards and the terrorists. Fakhrizadeh was seriously injured and was rushed to the hospital.
“Medical personnel tried their best to save him but unfortunately they failed and he died.”
Iranian media say the attackers fired on the scientist’s car.
The Fars news agency reported a car bomb blast in one of them. Citing eyewitnesses, they said there were three to four attackers. Those who have been called terrorists and have been killed, according to Fars news.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the incident a “terrorist act.” In a tweet, he hinted at Israel’s involvement.
He called on the international community to condemn the incident as a terrorist act.
The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said the killings would be avenged.
Between 2010 and 2012, four Iranian nuclear scientists were killed by assassins, and Iran has accused Israel of involvement in the killings.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is Iran’s top prominent nuclear scientist, head of the research and innovation agency at the Ministry of Defense. He was also a senior member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
He was described by diplomats as the “father of bombs in Iran.”
Israel and Western intelligence agencies have long said he is a very powerful figure in Iran and a key pillar of Iran’s nuclear program.
In 2018, Israel said it was the mastermind behind Iran’s nuclear program, according to secret documents. Fakhrizadeh’s leadership, Iran’s nuclear program has developed.