New Iran envoy calls for tolerance, peace as the embassy mourns Nuclear Scientist Fakhrizadeh

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IN DUWA:The Cultural Counsel of the Islamic Republic of Iran Muhammad Reza Ghezelsofla (R) with the new Ambassador HE.Seyed Mohammad MirHosseini [L] at the Iran embassy in Kampala praying for the late Fakhrizadeh a nuclear scientist who was killed by enemies of Iran.Photo by THE HOMELAND MEDIA GROUP/Kasozi Nasser

By Nasser Kasozi Akandwanaho

The new ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda HE. Seyed Mohammad MirHosseini calls for peaceful negotiations and tolorence in building peace and co-existance among the members of different denominations living in the persian and gulf peninsular.

Addressing the guests who turned up to mourn the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh held at the embassy in Kololo on Monday, December 14, 2020, the new ambassador peace and tolerance is the key that will guarantee co-existence in the middle east and Persian gulf.

Ambassador Seyed Mohammad MirHosseini calls for peaceful negotiations in the gulf and Persian peninsular the Iranians push to bring the killers or those responsible for the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was killed by assailants.

He said that the Iranians remained strong despite of problems it faces engineered by western imperialists including sanctions and that they are ready to chase the killers and defend the true doctrines of the islamic revolution and brotherhood to achieve this we must use dilogue,peace so that we can always live together in harmony.

Ambassador Seyed Mohammad MirHosseini castigated countries that claim to be democratic yet they are the most barbaric and have caused distruction in the middle east using onne country brotherhhood to fight with another.

“If we are a united front we can always fight the enemy and its time we do it to safe guard our history and live peaceful” Said Ambassador seyed Mohammad MirHosseini

He furtehr said that,Fakhrizadeh was not only a scientist but also a professor at different universities, researcher and a parent that the world will always miss.

The cultural consel of the embassy of the Islamic republic of Iran in Kampala Comrade Muhammad Reza Ghezelsofla told the mourners at an event where he introduced the new ambassado to the media HE.seyed Mohammad MirHosseini where he said that, the killing of the top nuclear scientist is assign of bad hearted people who does not want to see Iran developing and they are doing whatever it takes to frustrate its efforts to growing the economy and its nuclear capabilities.

Comrade Muhammad Reza Ghezelsofla said that the late Fakhrizadeh was at a rank of brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an academic physicist and a senior official in the nuclear program of Iran. 

“As elites we have to always read between the lines for the increasing assassination of Muslim leaders and scholars all over the world and we pray to Allah to bring justice in this world,” Said Muhammad Reza Ghezelsofla.

The the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Uganda HE.Seyed Mohammad MirHosseini [standing] the Cultural Counsel Mr. Muhammad Reza Ghezelsofla seated with with other guests at the embassy in Kampala. Photo by THE HOMELAND MEDIA GROUP/Kasozi Nasser

He noted with grief that, the continued assassination of Muslim scholars wakes other nations to come closer to Iran as an island of knowledge will not stop the iranians from all walks of life to defend its territorial integerity and impact the true doctrines of revolution that has enabaled the country to grow and develope its nuclear capabilities and self relliance of iranians that resilience is what we are fighting for.

According to professor Adam Ssebyala [Islamic scholar] ,from Al-Mustafa Islamic College in Uganda said the killing of Fakhrizadeh has encouraged scientists to search for knowledge and do more than before it has will encourage resilience for all iranian scientists and research even more to do the best and remain on top. 

“We would want to reassure ourselves but also give the enemies of humanity a message of desperation that the Iranians prophesied as the ‘peak of knowledge’ by prophet Muhammad and who consequently produced Sunni Islam such great scholars like Bukhari and others who founded Islamic knowledge committed to memory and hence no verge of getting lost,” Ssebyala noted. 

Haji Abdul-Aziz Tamuzadde who represented Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa the supreme mufti of Kibuli, sympathized with Iran over the assassination of Fakhrizadeth and prayed to God to give a deserving punishment to his killers or their agents.

Accordingly the new version of events, which could not immediately be confirmed, seemed to represent a coordinated effort at damage control by the nation’s security apparatus after a public and official backlash after the embarrassingly public assassination of Mr. Fakhrizadeh, which Western intelligence officials have said was carried out by Israel.

It was the latest of expression of fury at the death of Mr. Fakhrizadeh, who for two decades was the brains behind what American and Israeli intelligence described as Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program, though Iran maintains that its nuclear program is for peaceful uses only.

The assassination of Iran’s nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by unknown assailants last week is the latest in a string of targeted killings of figures behind Tehran’s atomic program.

Since 2007, six of the country’s top nuclear scientists and researchers have been killed and one has been wounded under mysterious circumstances. In nearly all cases, the Iranian government blamed Israel and/or the United States. Israeli officials have neither confirmed nor denied the allegations. U.S. officials have denied playing any role in the killings.

Here are the top Iranian nuclear scientists who Iran publicly acknowledged were killed, have died, or were wounded in recent years.

Ardeshir Hosseinpour, Age 45, Died January 15, 2007

Hosseinpour was a nuclear physics scientist and a lecturer at Shiraz University and the Malek Ashtar University of Technology in Isfahan. An expert in the field of electromagnetism, he was one of the founders of the “Nuclear Technology Center of Isfahan,” the genesis of Natanz nuclear facility where he continued his research until his mysterious death on January 15, 2007.

Iranian state-run Central News Unit reported that Hosseinpour and several of his coworkers lost their lives from gas poisoning during their nuclear work in Isfahan. However, American private intelligence company and research group Stratfor in a February 2007 report claimed he was killed by Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad.

A man looks into the damaged car of Masoud Ali Mohammadi, an Iranian nuclear physics professor, who was killed in a bomb attack in Jan. 2010, during a conference in Tehran, May 14, 2011.

Masoud Ali Mohammadi, 50, Killed January 12, 2010

Mohammadi was a nuclear scientist and a PhD graduate student of physics from the Sharif University in Tehran. He had over 50 published papers and articles in academic journals and was reportedly named one of the key scientists in the advancements related to particle accelerator machines and atom smashers.

On January 12, 2010, Mohammadi died in front of his house in Tehran when a booby-trapped motorcycle parked next to his vehicle exploded.

The Iranian government initially accused Israel and the U.S. for his assassination. Then-foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called it a “cohort operation by Zionist regime of Israel, the U.S. and their allies in Iran.”

The U.S. Department of State, however, rejected the U.S. involvement. Israel remained silent.

Students shout slogans against Britain in front of a picture of the late Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari during a protest outside the British embassy in Tehran Dec. 12, 2010.

Majid Shahriari, 45, Killed November 29, 2010

Shahriari was an Iranian high-ranking physics scientist and a nuclear engineer with expertise in nuclear chain reactions. He graduated from top Amir Kabir (Polytechnics) University of Tehran and was a professor at Shahid Beheshti Tehran University. Shahriari was reportedly named a key figure in the advancement of technologies related to the nuclear enrichment in Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

He was assassinated on November 29, 2010 by a magnetic bomb attached to his car by a team of assassins on a motorcycle while he was driving on Artesh highway in Tehran.

Some Iranian authorities accused Israel of his killing. Then-interior minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar claimed cooperation between the CIA and the Mossad in the killing.

Israel did not comment on this. Philip J. Crowley, then-U.S. State Department spokesman, did not address the Iranian accusations in detail. “All I can say is we decry acts of terrorism wherever they occur and beyond that, we do not have any information on what happened,” he said.

Iran’s head of Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoon Abbasi Davani addresses a press conference during the 56th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference in Vienna on Sept. 17, 2012.

Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, 62, Wounded November 29, 2010

Abbasi is currently a member of Iran’s parliament or Majlis. He is a high-ranking physicist with expertise in laser technologies and isotope separation methods and has regularly been linked to Iran’s alleged weaponization program.

With a PhD in nuclear physics from Shahid Beheshti University, Abbadi has taught for years at the same institution as a professor of nuclear physics. He has also chaired the physics department at Tehran’s Imam Hossein University, an IRGC-affiliated military school. He has reportedly been a member of the IRGC since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and was appointed as head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) from 2010 to 2013.

The U.N. Security Council on March 2007 passed Resolution 1747, blacklisting Abbasi as “a person involved in Iran’s nuclear or ballistic missile activities.”

On November 29, 2010, a man on a motorbike in Tehran reportedly attached a magnetic explosive device to Abbasi’s car as he was driving to work. He was seriously wounded and narrowly survived the assassination attempt by jumping out of the vehicle right before the bomb detonated.

Iranian authorities, including then-nuclear top negotiator Saeid Jalili, accused Israel and Western countries of the failed attempt.

Daryoush Rezaei Nejad (Nezhad), 35, Killed July 23, 2011

Rezaei Nejad was a PhD candidate in electrical engineering at Tehran’s Khajeh Nasir University of Technology and an expert on high-voltage switches with focus on triggering nuclear warheads.

He was reportedly working at Malek Ashtar national research facility with ties to the Iranian Defense Ministry and IRGC.

On July 23, 2011, he was shot five times and killed near his house on Bani Hashem street in Tehran by a team of motorcycle-riding gunmen after he had picked up his daughter from kindergarten. Both his wife and daughter were wounded in the attack.

Many high-ranking Iranian officials, including the parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, accused the U.S. and Israel of the attack. “The American-Zionist terrorist act against one of the country’s scientists is yet another sign of the Americans’ degree of animosity,” Larijani said on July 24, 2011.

Germany’s Der Spiegel in August 2011 said the Mossad was behind the operation.

Israeli officials did not react to the accusations. Then-U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland denied any U.S. involvement.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran scientist ‘killed by remote-controlled weapon’

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In his own speech at the funeral, Defence Minister General Amir Hatami reiterated Iran’s determination to avenge Fakhrizadeh’s killing.

“The enemies know, and I as a soldier tell them, that no crime, no terror and no stupid act will go unanswered by the Iranian people,” he said.

As head of Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, known by its Persian acronym SPND, Fakhrizadeh had carried out “considerable work” in the area of “nuclear defence”, the general said.

The government would double the SPND’s budget in order to continue the path of the “martyr doctor” with “more speed and more power”, he added.

Why was Fakhrizadeh a target?

Israeli and Western security sources say Fakhrizadeh was instrumental in Iran’s nuclear programme.

Fakhrizadeh, 63, had been a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and was an expert in missile production. Fars said that is why Israeli secret services had long sought to eliminate him for many years.

The physics professor is said to have led “Project Amad”, a covert programme that Iran allegedly established in 1989 to carry out research on a potential nuclear bomb.

The project was shut down in 2003, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, though Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said in 2018 that documents obtained by his country showed Fakhrizadeh led a programme that was secretly continuing Project Amad’s work.

Iran has previously accused Israel of assassinating four other Iranian nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012.

Analysts have speculated that the latest assassination was not meant to cripple the Iranian nuclear programme but rather to put an end to the prospect of the US rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal when President-elect Joe Biden takes office next year.

President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, saying it was “defective at its core”, and reinstated US sanctions in an attempt to force Iran’s leaders to negotiate a replacement.

Iran has refused to do so and retaliated by breaching a number of key commitments, such as increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium. Enriched uranium can be used to make fuel for nuclear reactors but also potentially nuclear bombs.

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