Iran pledged on Tuesday to avenge the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated last Friday near Tehran, while acknowledging that it was possible to thwart the operation with a few measures.
While it escalated its rhetoric towards an Arab country, Iran accused parties of seeking to drag the region into war before the departure of US President Donald Trump in January.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Iran would respond to all parties that participated in the assassination of the scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
He added in a press conference that the Iranian response to the assassination would be harsh, and that the finger of blame pointed at Israel.
He said, “Unfortunately, there is only one country in the region that has not announced its position on the assassination of the Iranian scientist, and it has to reconsider its policies. The rest of our neighboring Arab countries condemned the crime by publishing a statement or a phone call with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. We hope that the stances we have witnessed are evidence of retreat. Some Arab countries reported their previous policies towards Iran. “
“If we spot a role for any party in the assassination crime, we will undoubtedly respond to it, and our response will be firm and harsh on the perpetrators and the planners of the crime and all the parties contributing to it,” he said.
Hit the Emirates
The spokesman did not mention the name of the Arab countries that he requested to review their policies towards Iran.
However, the British “Middle East Eye” website reported that Iran had threatened to launch a direct military strike on the UAE in response to the assassination of Fakhri Zadeh.
The British website – quoting an unnamed Emirati source – said that Tehran had contacted the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, directly, and informed him that it would strike a blow to his country in response to the assassination of Fakhrizadeh.
The Emirati source confirmed – according to the British site – that Tehran will hold the UAE responsible for the assassination of the nuclear scientist in the event that it is subjected to a possible US attack.
Pompeo, Netanyahu and Bin Salman
For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that there are US-Israeli efforts to escalate tension in the region before the end of President Trump’s term.
Zarif linked the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh to what he described as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s urgent visit to the region, the tripartite meeting in Saudi Arabia, and the statements of the Israeli Prime Minister.
“They all confirm the existence of this plot, of which the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a part,” he said.
Zarif considered the alliance of Pompeo, Netanyahu and the Saudi crown prince to be an “alliance of evil,” as he put it.
Recognition of default
In the same context, the Iranian government announced that its country could have prevented the assassination of the nuclear scientist Fakhri Zadeh with little care and commitment to security protocols.
Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said that the assassination of Fakhrizadeh was aimed at undermining Iranian political strategies and destabilizing the region’s security.
“The location of the assassination was expected, and with a little care and commitment to protection protocols, we could have prevented this crime,” he added.
Developments in the nuclear deal
In another matter, Rabiei said that the government opposes stopping the implementation of the additional protocol of the NPT, because stopping it will not contribute to lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran.
He added that taking any decision on the nuclear deal is the prerogative of the Iranian National Security Council.
He said, “Parliament’s request to stockpile of uranium enriched to 20% and cancel the implementation of the additional protocol will not lead to the lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran, but will lead to the imposition of sanctions permanently.”
The spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, explained that the work of the additional annex of the NPT does not constitute an obstacle for Iran in enriching uranium.
He pointed out that the suspension of the supplementary supplement will lead to increased doubts about the Iranian nuclear program.
Kamalondi said that Iran continues its nuclear activities without interruption, and that it is able to install old and new generation centrifuges.
He pointed out that Iran’s stockpile of uranium amounts to 3800 kilograms, and that work at the Arak heavy water reactor is continuing.
The government position came after the Iranian parliament approved earlier today, Tuesday, the general framework for a draft resolution on canceling sanctions and ensuring national interests.
The draft resolution includes 9 items, including the Iranian government’s request to backtrack on some of its obligations in the nuclear deal, and to cancel the additional protocol to the agreement if it does not achieve Iran’s interests from it and European countries do not fulfill their obligations.