Larijani made the remarks during an interview on Monday night, adding that “the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists show that the Zionist regime and the United States are desperate to stop Tehran nuclear advancements.”
The Iranian Majlis speaker stated that unlike Israel, the Islamic Republic would not resort to terrorism to avenge the murder of its scientists.
“We will not hesitate in punishing the Zionist regime so that it realizes such actions have clear responses. There will definitely be a response but our action will be of a non-terrorist nature,” he said.
He also said that several suspects have been arrested over the recent assassination of another nuclear scientist, adding investigations are still underway.
On January 11, an Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, was killed in a terrorist attack. In the incident, a motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car near a college building of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran.
The terrorist attack took place shortly after Iran reached an agreement to hold negotiations with the P5+1 group — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany — in Turkey.
The US, Israel, and their allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have used this allegation as a pretext to convince the United Nations Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on Iran.
They have also repeatedly threatened to launch a military strike against.
In November 2011, some US presidential candidates said operations should be carried out against Iran, such as assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, sabotage of Tehran’s nuclear program, and even a military strike on the country.
The calls for assassinations are not idle threats as a number of Iranian scientists have been assassinated over the past few years. Professor Majid Shahriari and Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi were victims of these acts of terror.
On November 29, 2010, Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted in terrorist attacks. Shahriari was killed immediately, but Abbasi, the current director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, sustained injuries but survived.
According to reports, Ahmadi Roshan had recently met International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors. Iran says the IAEA has leaked information about Iran’s nuclear facilities and scientists.
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