Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian nuclear scientist, was assassinated on November 27 with a remote-controlled machine gun in Tehran. He was the head of the Research and Innovation Organization of the Ministry of Defense in Iran, we will look at How Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination is expected to turnout out for the world?
While the stunt has bought a wave of outrage among the people of Iran and has the top-notch leaders have begun with their eloquent rhetoric and riling up ritual, the distress Iran and U.S are expected to worsen.
Though the sequence of attack is been still debated upon, the common takeaways from all plots is a Nissan car conveyed the attackers armed with explosives and gun, prepared to attack the scientist.
Mohsen was shot three times and his bodyguard also took a bullet in gunfire.
The concourse of Iranian people was seen gathering around many governmental buildings marking the distress among the citizens. They were seen burning the flags of U.S and Israel and posters of Trump and Joe Biden.
His funeral and burial were held on Monday with his remains taken to the shrine of Imam Reza, an important religious hub for Shias on Saturday.
Who was Mohsen Fakhrizadeh?
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a chief nuclear scientist and an academic physicist who was leading Iran in the nuclear weapon program.
The brigadier general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said he was as a man of significance and substance. He had been proclaimed as a “key player” in Iran’s nuclear game and his untimely demise has fetched Iran a massive loss and a backward push in nuclear weaponry realm.
How has Iran dealt with the Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination?
With Hossein Dehghan, military adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Iran’s supreme leader), pledging vengeance, other leaders expressed their grievances and vocalized the possibility of involvement of Israel.
Khamenei wrote “Mr Revanche Fakhrizadeh was killed by the oppressive enemies. This rare scientific mind lost his life for his everlasting great scientific work. He lost his life for God and the supreme leader.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran, voiced the “serious indications of Israeli role.”
President Hassan Rouhani, also among the list of leaders holding Israel accountable for the attack, asserted “The think tanks and the enemies of Iran must know that the Iranian nation and the officials in charge in the country are brave and determined to respond to the murder in time.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to comment on the attack while Settlement Affairs Minister Tzachi Hanegbi denied the incident conspired by Israel.
Why has America been dragged into the logjam?
New York Times stated that the attack can further fuel the rigidity and strain between America and Iran. The attack by Trump administration on General Qaseem Soleimani in the bygone year has been equated with the Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination by some people.
Joe Biden who would have made a move towards the restoration of the nuclear deal with Iran after assuming his role as the president now will perhaps find the job more laborious and tough.
With Iran occupied with the thought of U.S involvement in the attack and already having seen what it can plan and execute, gratitude to Donald Trump, it will be hard for America to restore its reputation and revive the faith back.
Robert Malley, negotiator of 2015 Iran nuclear deal said: “the administration plans to take advantage of the time remaining before it heads to the exit to solidify its legacy and make it all the more difficult for its successor to resume diplomacy with Iran and rejoin the nuclear deal”.
It won’t be surprising if Trump performs an act of idiocy to worsen the conditions, adding edge to it. This will make the task of revival for Biden administration a lot more length and strenuous.
As per sources, a letter was written by Iran to U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in which it stressed upon the “serious indication of Israel responsibility”.
Majid Takht Revanche, Iran’s U.N envoy, wrote: “warning against any adventuristic measures by the U.S and Israel against my country, particularly during the remaining period of the current administration of the United States in office, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its right to take all necessary measures to defend its people and secure its interests.”
The European Union denounced the Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination and called for “maximum restraint”.
Having a look on the other side, the attack on the Iranian scientist will also pull back Iran in terms of development it has made so far in nuclear weapon arena. It will be hard, assumingly, for Iran to find a perfect replacement of Fakhrizadeh.
For the future proceeding in the case, we probably will have to wait.