BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said the assassination of a prominent Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was an abhorrent use of technology.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Tuesday, that Hatami’s statement came on the sidelines of the meeting of the Supreme Council for the Cultural Revolution, during which he confirmed that “his country is able to repel the various technologies that the enemy uses for the purpose of assassination.”
Hatami continued: “But given that the enemy is the one who determines the place and time of execution of the crime, then he will have more options that he can use only once.”
The Iranian Defense Minister stressed that the main goal of creating technologies is to improve human life, but this “assassination constituted an abhorrent use of technology.”
Brigadier General Amir Hatami explained that “the enemy does not stand the achievements made in some areas that guarantee the scientific and defense independence of the country, and therefore it resort to the assassination of our scientists, and after every assassination that affects Iranian scientists , our youth will increase their determination and eagerness to follow the path of these martyrs.”
In a related context, the Iranian authorities announced on Tuesday, that the security forces had found clues about those involved in the assassination of the nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
The head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the Iranian Shura Council, Mojtaba Dhalal-Nuri, said during a meeting of members of the Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Committee with the Minister of Security and his aides, that “what the country’s security services have done is evidence of their intelligence capacity.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to respond in a timely manner to the assassination of the prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the Research and Technology Center at the Iranian Ministry of Defense.
For his part, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called for an investigation into the assassination of the prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, stressing at the same time the necessity of inflicting final punishment on the perpetrators and leaders of this crime.