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Iran blames Israel for killing top nuclear scientist

Tehran: Iran President Hassan Rouhani has blamed Israel for the killing of a top nuclear scientist, and said it would not slow down the country’s nuclear program.

President Rouhani said his country would respond “in due course” but that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s killing would not push Iran into making hasty decisions.

“Iran’s enemies should know that the people of Iran and officials are braver than to leave this criminal act unanswered,” he said in a televised cabinet meeting.

“In due time, they will answer for this crime,” he added.

“The weapon collected from the site of the terrorist act (where Fakhrizadeh was assassinated) bears the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry,” an unnamed source told Press TV.

Israel has previously accused the physicist of being key to a covert nuclear weapons program.

Fakhrizadeh was Iran’s most renowned nuclear scientist, who headed the ministry of defense’s research and innovation organization.

His killing threatens to escalate tensions over Iran’s nuclear program with the US and its close ally Israel.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also called for the “punishing” of the perpetrators of the attack “and those who commanded it”, in a tweet.

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