Shot Iranian said to be nuke expert

Officials have said that a man shot dead in Tehran last weekend was a scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons and not a student as officially claimed.

Vienna: Officials have said that a man
shot dead in Tehran last weekend was a scientist involved in
suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons and not a
student as officially claimed.

The man was killed Saturday. State-run media initially
identified him as Darioush Rezaei, a physics professor and
expert in neutron transport but then backtracked, with
officials subsequently naming him as Dariush Rezaeinejad, an
electronics student.

Foreign officials contacted by the AP have verified
that name. But they say that he participated in developing
high-voltage switches, a key component that is crucial to
setting off the explosions needed to trigger a nuclear
warhead.

An abstract seen by the AP that he co-authored backs
that claim.

PTI

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