Iranian envoy slams IAEA's silence on nuclear scientist assassination

Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna slammed the International Atomic Energy Agency's silence on the assassination of its nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Iran PressEurope: Kazem Gharibabadi, in response to the IAEA Director General's remarks that no-one, starting with Iran, would have anything to win from ending inspections of nuclear facilities, said: "In the first place, the IAEA is expected to clearly state its position on the terrorist act and strongly condemn this act."

"IAEA has an immediate and fundamental responsibility for the incident," he told reporters.

The Iranian high ranking diplomat added, "In relation to the country that receives the most inspections and has the most transparent nuclear program by fulfilling various obligations, but its scientists are threatened or assassinated, and its nuclear facilities are also attacked or sabotaged, the agency has an immediate and fundamental responsibility."

Fakhrizadeh, a distinguished scientist in Iran's nuclear and defense industry, was martyred in a terrorist attack in the Absard region of Tehran province on Friday evening.

Responding to calls by Iranian members of parliament to end inspections following the assassination of a top nuclear scientist, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi told the French Press Agency (AFP) on Monday," We understand the distress but at the same time it is clear that no-one, starting with Iran, would have anything to win from a decrease, limitation, or interruption of the work we do together with them."

Grossi confirmed that so far the IAEA had not yet received any sign from Iranian authorities that anything would change regarding inspections of nuclear facilities in the wake of the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

"Let me say that we abhor violence of any type, we are an international organization for peace and security," Grossi said.

During Fakhrizadeh's funeral on Monday, Iran's Defense Minister Amir Hatami said Tehran would not leave the killing unavenged.

A spokesman for the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee also said in a statement that Israeli fingerprints in the killing were clear.