Major General Mohammad Bagheri announced in a message on Friday: “Once again, the terrorists affiliated with the global arrogance and the evil Zionist regime of Israel, in a brutal act, martyred one of the managers and servants of the country’s scientific, research and defense fields.”
He stated that Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was among the senior managers of the country’s defense industry who had been the source of many services during his blessed life and had been able to bring the country’s defense capability to an acceptable level of deterrence, adding: “Although the assassination of the competent manager was a bitter and heavy blow to the country’s defense sector, the enemies know that the path started by martyrs like Fakhrizadeh shall never be stopped.”
The Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces emphasized: “Terrorist groups and the perpetrators of this blind act should know that they will face severe revenge.”
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of the Research and Innovation Organization of the Ministry of Defense, was assassinated and martyred on Friday afternoon local time in Damavand, Tehran Province, by unknown individuals during an armed conflict with his bodyguards.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has ‘strongly’ condemned the terrorist assassination of Fakhrizadeh.
Tweeting on Friday, Zarif called on the international community—and especially the EU— “to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”
News of the killing comes amid fresh concern about the increased amount of enriched uranium that the country is producing. Enriched uranium is a vital component for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons.
A 2015 deal with six world powers had placed limits on its production, but since President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, Iran has been deliberately reneging on its agreements.
Joe Biden has pledged to reengage with Iran when he becomes US president in January, despite longstanding opposition from Israel.