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Iranian Press Take on Nuclear-Scientist Assassination

From today’s Iran News Round Up (as always, free for anyone that requests AEI provide it to them):

o   Professor of Physics at Tehran University, was assassinated in his home after a remote controlled explosive device was thrown through the windows of his private home in Tehran.

§  Tabnak reports Mohammadi was assassinated as he left his home. 

o   Ramin Mehmanparast, Foreign Ministry spokesman, accuses “Zionist elements and mercenaries of the United States” for assassination.

o   Mohammad Javad Larijani says the assassination is a sign of “maturity” of Iranian scientists and “weakness of the enemies.”

o   TV coverage: Channel 1; Press TV.

o   Fars News Agency says Iran Monarchist Association claims responsibility.

§  Iran Monarchist Association denies.

o   Fars News Agency’s interviews a former student who depicts the professor as a war veteran with close relations with the Revolutionary Guards.

§  JARAS News reports that Masoud Mohammadi had signed an online declaration of support for Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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