|Iran issues writs of culpability for 18 persons regarding assassination of nuclear scientists|
|Azerbaijan - Writs of culpability have been issued for 18 persons who are indicted to be involved in the assassination of three Iranian nuclear scientists, ISNA quoted Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying. Bills of indictment will be issued for the persons in the near future and they will be tried in the next year, he added.|
Elementary-particle physicist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was assassinated in a bomb attack in Tehran on January 12, 2010. Physicist Majid Shahriari was killed in a bombing in Tehran on November 29, 2010 and professor Darioush Rezaiinejad was shot and killed by a gunman with an AK-47 in Tehran on July 23, 2011.
|Barzani set up Mossad den against Iran in Iraqi Kurdistan: Report|
|[Iran Press TV] A report says the "autonomous Kurdistan region" in northern Iraq, run by , has turned into a safe haven for Mossad spies to conduct their terrorist operations against Iranian nuclear scientists.|
The Israeli intelligence service "has apparently even set up a military base in this area and is freely operating there," fardanews.com reported Sunday.
The officials have in the past made reference to the fact that the terror operations against Iranians are being directed from neighboring territories.
"The [Israeli] occupier regime of al-Quds (Jerusalem) is exploiting the soil of a region abutting our land and even has a terrorist training base and military site there," Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said on June 17.
Regional media had previously reported that Mansour Barzani, Massoud's son, had received two Tel Aviv officials, the Israeli chief of special operations and the coordinator for Israeli-Kurdish relations, in the Kurdistan region.
During their one-and-a-half-hour meeting, the two sides reportedly explored all avenues for increasing bilateral military relations and the ensuing trade with Israel.
On June 21, Moslehi said the architect of the Iranian nuclear scientists' s had been identified and apprehended, adding that the arrest had dealt a heavy blow to Western intelligence services.
A week earlier, Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced the capture of the main elements behind the of two Iranian nuclear scientists - Majid Shahriari and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan - and Reza Qashqaei, the driver of the latter scientist.
Ahmadi Roshan and his driver were assassinated in January 2012 after an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to his car in Tehran.
Professor Shahriari and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks on November 29, 2010; Shahriari was killed immediately and Dr. Abbasi, the current head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, sustained injuries.
|Iran nabs 20 involved in nuclear scientists' assassinations|
|[Iran Press TV] Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says at least 20 people, involved in the of Iranian nuclear scientists, have been identified and Moslehi told s on Sunday that the arrests were made following the identification of two terrorist groups and through multiple sting operations across the country, IRNA reported. |
He added that more information about the places where the suspects had been , will be released in the future.
On June 14, Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced the capture of the main elements behind the murder of Iranian nuclear experts.
"The key perpetrators of the s of Majid Shahriari, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan (two of the slain nuclear scientists), and Reza Qashqaei (the driver) were identified and, in a series of swift and authoritative operations, were and transferred to detention facilities," the ministry announced in a statement on the same day.
The statement made mention of Iran's extensive intelligence operations following the of the first Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010 and pointed out that investigations had led to the identification of a number of Israeli intelligence officers and their mercenaries.
Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was targeted on January 11 when an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car near a college building in Tehran. He was immediately killed and his driver, who had sustained injuries, died a few hours later in hospital.
The deadly incident happened after some US presidential hopefuls in November 2011 openly called for conducting covert operations against Iran to stop its nuclear energy program. The measures they advised included the of Iranian nuclear scientists and carrying out acts of sabotage against the country's nuclear facilities.
Dariush Rezaeinejad and Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, another Iranian nuclear scientist, are also among the victims of acts of terror.
On July 23, 2011, unidentified killed Rezaeinejad outside his house in Tehran.
Terrorist attacks targeted Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi, the current director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, on November 29, 2010. Shahriari was killed immediately, but Abbasi sustained injuries.
Iran condemns Washington and Tel Aviv for the strings of deadly attacks mounted against its nuclear experts.
|Evil Zionist spies finding refuge in Azerbaijan?|
|Iran has accused Azerbaijan of sheltering several Mossad agents who had escaped from Iran after assassinating an Iranian nuclear scientist. Iranian officials had earlier warned Azerbaijan not to shelter the Zionist regime's terrorist agents whose mission is carrying out acts of sabotage and espionage against Iran. |
The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Azeri Ambassador to Tehran Javanshir Akhundov to protest at Baku for sheltering several Mossad-trained terrorists who had assassinated the Iranian scientists.
In January and in the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the car of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan in the capital, Tehran. His driver was also killed in the terrorist attack.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi underscored that the US, Israeli and British spy agencies were involved in the terrorist attacks against the Iranian scientists.
The newspaper cited the testimony of an anonymous Mossad agent referred to only as Shimon.
"This is ground zero for intelligence work," Shimon told the Times. "Our presence here is quiet, but substantial. We have increased our presence in the past year, and it gets us very close to Iran. This (Azerbaijan) is a wonderfully porous country."
"There is a great deal of information there from people who regularly and freely travel across the borders. It is unregulated - almost," said Shimon.
Azerbaijan is a major energy producer and exports oil to Israel and imports weapons and military hardware in return from Israel.
|Iranian Scientist 'Sought Israel's Annihilation,' Says Widow|
|Semi-official Iranian news agency interviews widow of Mostafa Roshan -- leaving no doubt as to nuclear program's goal.|
The wife of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was assassinated in Tehran in January, said Tuesday that her husband "sought the annihilation of the Zionist regime wholeheartedly," according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.
"Mostafa's ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel," the agency quoted Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani as saying Tuesday.
Bolouri Kashani also underlined that her spouse "loved any resistance figure in his life who was willing to fight the Zionist regime and supported the rights of the oppressed Paleostinian nation."
The report belies attempts by Iran to claim that its nuclear program is not military in nature.
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan is described as "a chemistry professor and a deputy director of commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility."
Fars says he was killed by Mossad agents, who used a method of attack similar to that used against Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi in January 2010, as well as scientists Fereidoun Abbassi Davani and Majid Shahriari. Abbasi Davani survived the attack, but Shahriari died. Yet another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was assassinated by the same method in July of 2011.†
|US-made bomb killed Iran expert: Report|
|[Iran Press TV] The United States provided an anti-Iran terrorist group with the bomb used to assassinate Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan last month, a report has revealed.|
Two bombs were handed over to the Party for Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in the Iraqi city of Arbil by the Americans, the Resalat daily reported on Monday.
The first bomb killed Ahmadi Roshan, but the second one was discovered by intelligence and security personnel around Resalat Square in the capital Tehran, the report said.
On January 11, Ahmadi Roshan was killed after a motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car in Tehran. Ahmadi Roshan was a chemical engineer and served as the deputy director of marketing at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.
The slain scientist was not the first Iranian nuclear expert targeted by a terrorist attack.
In November 2010, Majid Shahriari, was killed in a terrorist attack and Fereydoun Abbasi, the current head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, sustained injuries in another attack.
Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, a scholar at Tehran University, was also assassinated by a booby-trapped in the Iranian capital in January 2010.
The US and its allies have resorted to various terrorist tactics to stop Iran's peaceful nuclear program, which is under full observation of the inspectors of the .
|Iran: 'IAEA inspectors abetted terrorists'|
|[Iran Press TV] Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman says confidential information on the country's nuclear experts has been leaked to the by the so-called inspectors of the (IAEA).|
"Certain individuals who came to Iran under the pretext of inspecting the country's nuclear facilities have identified Iranian scientists and given their names to the terrorist groups," Ramin Mehmanparast said on Friday.
The Iranian official highlighted that Tehran would pursue the case in relevant international bodies.
The comments came in the wake of the of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan on January 11 when an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car near a college of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran.
He was killed immediately and his driver, who sustained injuries, died a few hours later in hospital.
Ahmadi Roshan was a Sharif University of Technology chemical engineering graduate and served as the deputy director of marketing at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.
Mehmanparast also said the is the last-ditch effort of the enemies to stop Iran's scientific advancements, which is by no means untenable.
He went on to say that when "those who claim to champion and combat terrorism" commit such crimes, "they bring shame upon themselves."
The terrorist attack happened as some of the US presidential hopefuls openly called in November 2011for conducting covert operations ranging from assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists to launching a military strike on Iran as well as sabotaging Tehran's nuclear program.
The calls have not been hollow threats as a number of Iranian scientists have been killed in cold blood over the past few years. Professor Majid Shahriari and Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi are among the victims of these acts of terror.
On November 29, 2010, Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks. Shahriari was killed immediately but Abbasi, the current director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, sustained injuries.
Iran's Foreign Ministry blasted on Friday the US and UK governments for their obvious roles in assassinating the Iranian scientist in two strongly-worded letters of protest to the two countries.
"The reserves the right to follow up on the issue accordingly," Iran's Foreign Ministry said.
According to reports, Ahmadi Roshan had recently met (IAEA) inspectors, a fact which indicates that the IAEA has leaked information about Iran's nuclear facilities and scientists.
|Iran accuses US, Israel of killing scientist|
|[Dawn] Iran on Sunday accused arch-foes the United States and Israel of ing the of a scientist in Tehran, Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, who was reportedly associated with the defence ministry.|
"The American-Zionist terrorist act yesterday against one of the country's scientists is yet another sign of the Americans' degree of animosity," speaker Ali Larijani told parliament.
"America must think carefully about the consequences of such actions," he said, urging security forces in the Islamic republic to give a "stronger response to such evil moves."
But Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency that no signs had been found so far to suggest that foreign intelligence services were behind the murder.
"What is certain is that Dariush Rezaie-Nejad was not involved in the nuclear issue. His is ambiguous and we are examining it," Moslehi said.
"Operations by foreign intelligence services generally leave signs, but we have not found any signs in this terrorist act and we have not reached any conclusion on whether foreign intelligence services are behind it," he added.
Assailants riding a Rezaei-Nejad, 35, in Tehran on Saturday evening, according to Iranian media which originally reported he was a nuclear scientist working for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran.
But on Sunday, the media stopped referring to him as a nuclear expert, without giving an explanation, and presented him as an "electronics master's student" at Tehran's Khajeh Nassir University.
The Fars news agency suggested that the media had made a mistake in reporting Rezaei-Nejad's speciality, and insisted that he had links with the defence ministry, without giving details.
But higher education deputy minister Mohammad Mehdinejad Nouri told Mehr news agency that the victim "was not a member of the defence ministry" and suggested he may have collaborated on a project the ministry contracted out to Khajeh Nassir University.
According to reports on Sunday, Rezaei-Nejad was shot five times by unknown assailants as he and his wife were waiting for their child in front of a kindergarten in Tehran. His wife was in the attack.
Tehran governor Morteza Tamaddon said at Rezaei-Nejad's funeral that the "was without a doubt part of a project to discourage from the path (of progress) it was pursuing," Mehr reported.
Tamaddon linked the murder to those who last year killed two top physicists working on Iran's controversial nuclear programme, Masoud Ali Mohammadi and Majid Shahriari.
"Nuclear energy is our undeniable right," chanted the crowd attending the funeral, according to Fars.
A statement signed by 200 deputies condemned what they called "the cowardly actions of America and the Zionist regime against the Islamic republic,"particularly the "murder of an Iranian scientist."
Several Iranian nuclear scientists have disappeared in recent years or been targeted in attacks the Islamic republic has blamed on the United States and Israel, which suspect Tehran's atomic programme masks a nuclear weapons drive.
In Israel, there was no formal reaction to the allegation but an official said such charges were "routine.""Iran routinely accuses Israel of all sorts of things," he told AFP on condition of anonymity.
|Iran discloses West's nukes plots|
|[Iran Press TV] A senior Iranian official has disclosed new plots hatched by certain Western powers to violate non-proliferation regulations and conduct illegal acts pertaining to weapons of mass destruction.|
"The British regime is renewing the Trident nuclear system which will last at least for one century," Deputy Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Baqeri said at the end of second International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Monday.
"In a quite illegal move, the British regime signed a nuclear deal with to share know-how needed to build and renovate nuclear bombs and to reduce spending to expand their nuclear arsenal," he added, Fars news agency reported.
He further disclosed a reality about domestic situation in the US and stated, "The budget allocated by the US in 2011 for storage and development of nuclear weapons showed more than 50 percent increase in comparison with 2001."
according to US statistics, 45,000 Americans die annually due to lack of social welfare insurance, Baqeri noted.
The SNSC official said the US has been a major obstacle in the way of an effective fight against nuclear disarmament for years, adding that Washington only agreed with negotiations about a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) but it still opposes inspection of its fissile material depots.
He pointed to unconditional US support for Israel, saying "The US provides all-out support to the Zionist regime (Israel) which is the only possessor of nuclear warheads in the Middle East and has so far decried to implement the international law and resolutions of the UN Security Council."
"The Israeli regime has a background filled with crimes, oppression and occupation and is expanding the number of its nuclear warheads at its covert nuclear facilities."
Baqeri, who is a member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, said the US has stationed more than 200 nuclear warheads in Europe and emphasized that the move is a blatant violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
According to the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the US plans to develop tactical nuclear weapons from Europe to the Persian Gulf region, he added.
The official further elaborated on 's role in acts of terror against Iran, saying, "The UK government officially and explicitly announced that Iran's peaceful nuclear activities should be stopped through an operation based on information."
He noted that an Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated exactly 10 days after the announcement and asked, "Isn't it a clear sample of nuclear terrorism?"
On November 29, 2010, unidentified attached bombs to the vehicles of Iranian university professors Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi, and detonated them.
Professor Shahriari was killed immediately, but Dr. Abbasi and his wife sustained minor injuries and were rushed to hospital.
Iran has blamed the Israeli regime and Western powers for the terrorist attacks.
|Salehi: Iran main victim of terrorism|
|[Iran Press TV] Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar says Iran has been the "main victim" of Western-sponsored terrorism since the 1979 victory of in the country.|
"While Iran has taken genuine steps to safeguard ... it has been one of the main victims of terrorism in the world," Salehi said at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva on Monday.
"Terrorist groups have killed, threatened and thousands of ordinary Iranian citizens, including and proceeded to plunder public and private properties," he added.
Such a serious problem as terrorism is "supported by certain foreign countries," Salehi pointed out.
He referred to the of the two Iranian physicists, Professor Ali Mohammadi and Professor Majid Shahriari, by a suspicious terrorist group, which enjoys the generous financial support of the West and the full cooperation of the Zionist regime.
"This situation has placed a heavy responsibility on the shoulder of the government to put an end to this threatening challenge," Salehi said.
|Bomb attack survivor is new Iran atom chief|
|TEHRAN - Iran has appointed nuclear scientist Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, who survived a bomb attack in November, as the countryís new atomic chief, state television reported on its website on Sunday. Abbasi Davani, a target of UN sanctions, replaces Ali Abkar Salehi who was endorsed as foreign minister last month.|
The announcement of his appointment was declared in an order issued by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the television website said.
Abbasi Davani, a senior figure in Iranís nuclear programme, was wounded in a bomb attack on November 29 in Tehran which the Islamic republic blamed on the CIA and Mossad. He survived the attack, but another senior nuclear scientist, Majid Shahriari, was killed in a similar assault on the same day in a separate part of the capital.
Tehran police said that the twin attacks were carried out by men on motorcycles who attached bombs to the scientistsí cars as they were driving to work.
Iranian media reports said Abbasi Davani, 52, is the head of the physics department at Tehranís Imam Hossein University, which is close to Iranís elite military force the Revolutionary Guards.
Abbasi Davani was targeted by UN Security Council sanctions under Resolution 1747 adopted in March 2007. He was identified as a senior defence ministry and armed forces logistics scientist. He is one of the few Iranian specialists who can separate isotopes
|'Mossad behind assassinations in Iran'|
|[Iran Press TV] Reports say the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, has collaborated with American and British intelligence to carry out the of Iranian scientists in Tehran.|
On November 29, unidentified detonated bombs in the vehicles of Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi -- both professors at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.
Professor Shahriari was killed immediately, but Dr. Abbasi and his wife sustained minor injuries and were transferred to a hospital and later released.
Iran has blamed Israel and Western powers for the terrorist attacks.
In October, renowned French daily Le Figaro revealed that Mossad is responsible for the disappearance or death of Iranian scientists and a computer malware that recently targeted Iranian computer systems. The Stuxnet worm is a bug designed to infect computers using Siemens Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) -- a control system favored by industries that manage water supplies, oil rigs, and power plants.
Iranian experts say the worm may have been created by a state-sponsored organization in the United States or Israel to target specific control software used in Iran's industrial sector, including the Bushehr plant -- the country's first nuclear power plant.
Le Canard enchaine also claimed that the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Britain's MI6 helped Israel develop the Stuxnet worm to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities.