Tehran: Iran is looking at "punishing" those
behind the assassination of one of its nuclear scientists, a
senior military official said today, pointing the finger at
the United States, Israel and Britain.
"We consider committing a terrorist act of killing a
scientist to be a threat to the nation... We are looking at
punishing those who were behind the scenes of the martyrdom
(assassination) of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan," the deputy chief of
Iran`s joint armed forces, Masoud Jazayeri, was quoted as
saying by several media.
Iran`s response will be "tormenting" for those
responsible, he said, adding: "The enemies of the Iranian
nation, such as the United States, Britain and the Zionist
regime, should be made accountable for their actions."
Ahmadi Roshan, a 32-year-old deputy director of Iran`s
main uranium enrichment plant, was killed along with his
driver on Wednesday when assassins on a motorbike fixed a
magnetic bomb to his car.
Iran`s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on
Thursday that the "abominable" killing was committed "with the
planning or support of the intelligence services of the CIA
and Mossad" of the United States and Israel.
Khamenei said in a statement that Tehran would "continue
with determination" its nuclear activities, which Western
governments suspect mask a drive for a weapons capability
despite repeated denials.
Some media close to Iran`s conservatives have called for
"retaliation" against Israeli officials.
Israel, widely seen as the prime suspect, has neither
denied nor confirmed involvement, in line with its policy of
not commenting on intelligence matters.
Tehran has formally demanded that the UN Security Council
condemn the "terrorist" killing. Its foreign ministry has also
sent letters to the US and UK accusing them of involvement in
the scientists` assassinations, newspapers reported today.