Slain Iranian scientist’s wife to UN: Prevent “targeted killings of Iranian scientists”

The wife of an assassinated Iranian scientist, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, strongly criticized the UN Security Council for its inaction in the face of terrorist activities, especially terrorist attacks against Iranian scientists and elites.

"Why does the UN Security Council introduce terrorism as one of the most serious threats against international peace and security in the 21st century, and yet fails to take proper action against the terrorist bids targeting Iranian scientists?," Shohreh Pirani said in her letter to UN chief.

"Terrorism is one of the major threats to international peace and security, which violates fundamentals of human rights. Given the improvement of technology and communications, terrorists can easily plan and carry out acts of terrorism anywhere they wish," the letter added.

The letter pointed out that the overall objective of all anti-terrorist resolutions is to fight terrorism by criminalizing acts of terror, bringing the perpetrators to justice, and preventing state terrorism.

However, no effective measure has been taken to virtually combat terrorist activities and state terrorism, it argued.

"Why isn't there a concrete step to prevent targeted killings of Iranian scientists and researchers, which take place through collaboration among the US and UK intelligence services and Israeli assassins?" the letter asked.

In a similar move late in January, Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Eshaq Ale-Habib lashed out at the UN Security Council for its inaction in the face of terrorist attacks on Iranian elites and scientist.

"The Security Council, as an outstanding organ of the United Nations, was at least expected to deplore such actions and take the necessary measures in order not to allow such incidents be repeated by any means in future," Ale-Habib stated, addressing a UN Security Council session.

He stressed that the UNSC has failed to fulfill its main mission that is safeguarding the international peace and security.

In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the car of 32-year-old Ahmadi Roshan in the capital, Tehran. His driver was also killed in the terrorist attack.

The blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

The assassination method used in the Wednesday bombing was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani - who is now the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization - and his colleague Majid Shahriari. While Abbasi Davani survived the attack, Shahriari was martyred.

Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi underscored that the US, Israeli and British spy agencies were involved in the recent terrorist attack against the Iranian scientists.