According to the 'New York Times report, Israel has told the United States it was responsible for killing an Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel, Martyr Hassan Sayad Khodaei, in Tehran.

Iran PressIran news: On Sunday, Martyr Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, an IRGC Colonel of Defenders of the Holy Shrines, was assassinated in an armed attack by two motorcyclists Mojahedin-e-Eslam Street in Tehran.

At the funeral in Tehran for a colonel in Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, thousands of mourners packed the streets around the cemetery chanting "Death to Israel" and calling for revenge for his killing.

Iranian officials, including Majid Mirahmadi, a member of Iran's National Security Council, said the killing was "definitely the work of Israel" and warned that harsh revenge would follow. According to the New York Times report quoted by Iranian media.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli prime minister declined to comment on the killing. But according to an intelligence official briefed on the communications, Israel has informed American officials that it was behind the killing.

Israel is staunchly opposed to the nuclear deal, and some Iranian analysts said the attack was aimed at derailing the nuclear talks at a delicate point.

According to the intelligence official, the Israelis told the Americans the killing was meant as a warning to Iran, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified information.

"We are also in a disinformation war with Israel," said Gheis Ghoreishi, an Iranian analyst." "These provocations are designed to pressure all sides to call off the nuclear deal or push Iran to react in a way that would be damaging. But Iran always takes the long-term calculative approach."

Israel has a history of assassinating nuclear scientists inside Iran with drive-by shootings by gunmen on motorcycles. 

In 2020, Israel assassinated the country's top nuclear scientist and deputy defense minister, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, using a remote-controlled A.I.-assisted robot.


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