Iran blames UN for death of nuclear scientist

Iran has said its scientist Mostafa Roshan was killed by assassins who identified him through info leaked by UN agency IAEA on Tehran`s nuclear facilities.

New York: Blaming the United Nations
for failing to keep its inspections of nuclear facilities
secret, Iran has said its scientist Mostafa Roshan was killed
earlier this month by assassins who identified him through
information leaked by UN agency IAEA on Tehran`s nuclear

Iran`s deputy UN ambassador Eshagh Al Habib told the UN
Security Council "there is a high suspicion that these
terrorist circles used the intelligence obtained from United
Nations bodies, including the sanction lists of the Security
Council and interviews carried out by IAEA with our nuclear
scientists to identify and carry out their malicious acts."

Roshan, 32, who worked at the Natanz nuclear facility, was
killed on January 11 in Tehran when a bomb placed under his
car by a motorcyclist exploded.

Iran has blamed intelligence agencies of the US and Israel
for the attack.

Habib, speaking at an UNSC debate on rule of law, said UN
bodies including the Security Council suffer from "several
deficiencies such as failure to keep the secrecy over the
inspections of nuclear facilities which is required by the
established laws, regulations and practices."

He added that before his assassination Roshan had met with
inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
"a fact that indicates that this UN Agency may have played a
role in leaking information on Iran`s nuclear facilities and

Listing the previous assassination attempts targeting
Tehran`s physicists and nuclear scientists, Habib said Israeli
officials have not denied the fact that such terrorist acts
have been carried out as part of the efforts to "disrupt
Iran`s peaceful nuclear programme".

"...Israeli officials have recently stepped up their war
rhetoric against Iran, along the same line rhetoric are used
by some politicians in the US."

Habib said it is "odd" that the UN Security Council has
remained silent on terrorist attacks targeting Iranian
scientists, while it "promptly reacts" to terrorist incidents
that happen around the world. "Is it the way to advance the
rule of law at the international level," he said.


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