Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the international community should condemn state terrorism and build a consensus to counter tension and adventurism in the region.
Zarif made the remarks in a Saturday tweet in the Chinese language in another reaction to the assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist and researcher Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by suspected Israel-tied terrorists near the capital Tehran.
Fakhrizadeh, who headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), was targeted on Friday in a multi-pronged attack involving at least one explosion and small fire by a number of assailants in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran Province.
In his tweet, the top Iranian diplomat said terrorists have assassinated another prominent scientist of the country and added that such a cowardly act of terror is a clear violation of international rules and moral and humanitarian principles.
Zarif emphasized that the international community is duty-bound to counter such measures.
In order to preserve regional and international peace and stability, Iran is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, the foreign minister said.
Iranian government officials and military commanders have hinted that the Israeli regime could have been behind the terror attack, vowing harsh revenge against all the criminals involved.
In a tweet on Friday, Zarif roundly condemned the terror attack, saying there were “serious indications” of the Israeli regime’s role in the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, a professor of physics at Imam Hussein University of Tehran.
“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” he wrote.
The top Iranian diplomat called on the international community, especially the European Union, to “end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”