Israel has put its embassies on high alert around the world, following Iran’s threats of retaliation for the assassination of a nuclear scientist near Tehran, as reported by the Israeli N12 today.
A press representative for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the ministry did not comment on security concerns regarding its diplomatic missions abroad.
Earlier, Iran blamed Israel for the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed by gunmen ambushed in his car outside Tehran.
Iranian clerics and military have threatened to avenge the death of a 59-year-old scientist, who was hospitalized, as Iranian media reported, after being shot dead by gunmen while in his car near Tehran. “The assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh shows the despair of our enemies and the depth of their hatred. “His martyrdom will not slow down our achievements,” he said.
The government of the Islamic Republic also sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council stating that there were “strong indications” that Israel was “responsible” for the assassination of the Iranian scientist. The letter, delivered to the recipients yesterday, stressed that Iran reserves the right to defend itself.
Addressing “a warning against adventurous measures from the United States and Israel, especially during the remaining US administration in power. Tehran reserves the right to take all necessary measures to defend its people and to protect them and its interests”, is emphasized in a text signed by the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravansi.
The letter, quoted by Reuters, also stressed that Iran expects Guterres and the Security Council to strongly condemn the assassination of Mohsen Fahrizadeh and to “take the necessary measures against its perpetrators.”
Berlin calls for restraint Germany today urged all sides to show restraint and avoid escalating tensions that could derail talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
“In the weeks leading up to the inauguration of the new US administration, it is important that we maintain the focus of our talks with Iran so that the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program can be resolved through negotiations,” said a State Department spokesman. “We, therefore, urge all parties to refrain from any action that could lead to a further escalation of the situation,” he added.