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Shifting Iranian Reaction to Nuclear-Scientist Assassination

More reaction to assassination of nuclear physicist Ali Mohammadi, from today’s Iran News Round Up:

*   Rafsanjani condemns, but does not make allegations against foreign enemies as perpetrators of the crime, warns instead against “a new round of conspiracies.”

*   Pres. Mohammad Khatami condemns “the evil hand which has perpetrated this crime,” but fails to make mention of foreign enemies.

*  Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani says it is the Mossad and the CIA and not the Monarchist Association who are behind the assassination.

* Despite the Revolutionary Guards’ attempt to depict the late scientist Ali Mohamamdi as a regime supporter, JARAS documents that Mohammadi had signed an open letter criticizing the Revolutionary Guards and Law Enforcement Forces attack against Tehran University dormitory.

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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