Iranian ambassador to Athens: We reserve the right to respond to Israeli crimes

“There is clear and substantial evidence of the involvement and responsibility of the Zionist regime in this terrorist attack” against prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, said the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Athens.

The Iranian  leadership has not withdraw from the nuclear deal, despite what is written, as it intends to continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, while retaining its right to “respond to the crimes of Israel, and in particular to the assassination of the prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fahrizadeh,” according to the Iranian Ambassador in Athens, Ahmad Naderi.

Naderi, who through the interview he gave to Sputnik Hellas, calls on the international community, and in particular “those countries which claim to be defending international law, human rights and democracy, but have so far remained silent on this great crime, to consider the dire consequences of such a horrific act for international peace and security.”

“Terrorism is a serious challenge to the international community,” the Iranian ambassador added.

The assassinated top Iranian nuclear physicist had recently worked with a scientific team to develop diagnostic kits and a COVID-19 vaccine.

“And, therefore, all countries under international law must fulfill their obligations to combat terrorism by condemning this inhuman act in the strongest possible terms,” Naderi continued.

Iranian Ambassador to Athens, Ahmad Naderi.
Iranian Ambassador to Athens, Ahmad Naderi.

The adoption of the “logic of two measures and two stations in the fight against terrorism is not constructive”, he estimates, and “will lead to the failure in the global fight against terrorism and will ultimately create more ground for its cultivation and development.”

“In the current situation and on the basis of all available data, the Zionist regime is accused of committing the murder,” the Iranian diplomat concluded.

“Other countries in the region may have been involved in this crime,” he said, but stressed that “we are not blaming anyone at this time until we have substantiated evidence.”

So far, all but one of the Gulf state have condemned the terrorist act.

“Obviously, if such an accusation is proven, we reserve the right to respond,” the Iranian  ambassador said.

The interview with the Iranian Ambassador to Greece, Ahmad Naderi:

Does the data you have show that the murder was actually committed by Mossad?  Do you have any evidence in this direction in your hands?

There are clear and substantial facts that show the participation and responsibility of the Zionist regime in this terrorist attack, especially since the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime himself, about three years ago, had emphasized the name of Fakhrizadeh and had said for us to remember this name.

The regime had previously planned to carry out a series of assassination attempts, but failed. Along with the conspiracy meetings that have taken place in recent days to create tension, crisis and war in the Middle East, we have the signs and indications that reveal the involvement of this regime in this great crime against martyr Mohsen Fahrizadeh.

This particular scientist and “father” of your country’s nuclear program is symbolic.

Martyr Fakhrizadeh was an excellent Iranian scientist and deputy defense minister, who specialized in many different scientific fields due to his high intelligence and high scientific abilities.

Recently, in fact, together with a scientific team, he had focused his efforts on the development of diagnostic kits and the discovery of a COVID-19 vaccine. This execution was designed, organized and funded to endanger international peace and security and lead the Middle East and the Persian Gulf to war, crisis and instability, endangering human values ​​and rights, and hampering socio-economic development of independent nations. Obviously, Iran’s scientific programs do not end with this loss and will continue even more vigorously.

The assassination is not a coincidence – it took place shortly before Joe Biden takes over as US President. Biden even made a man, who participated in the US-Iran negotiations under Barack Obama, as Secretary of State. Do you think that Israel is in a hurry to catch something? Does it want to send a message to the new US President? Is it even seeking a conflict with Iran?

Some international observers and analysts believe that the departure of Donald Trump from the White House and the arrival of Joe Biden will offer more room for diplomacy. For us, the criterion will be the actions of the new US administration.

In order to ease the climate, we said that in exchange for the complete lifting of sanctions, we will return to the full implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 agreement made on Iran’s nuclear program) and we can then negotiate the return of the United States to the deal. It is natural that the war-mongering Zionist regime does not want to promote diplomacy and seeks to create and escalate in every possible way the crises and tensions in the region.

Will the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, push the US to put Yemen on the negotiating table? Similarly, can Benjamin Netanyahu blackmail Hezbollah’s missiles in Lebanon? 

We believe that the issue of Yemen concerns the people of this country and if a solution is to be found, it must be through an inter-Yemeni dialogue. The problems of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf can only be solved through dialogue, participation, conciliation and cooperation between the peoples of the region. We have repeatedly stated that peace and security are not imported or bought by foreign powers. We have repeatedly extended a hand of cooperation to Arab governments in order to bring peace, stability and security to the region, and we have asked them not to fall into Israel‘s trap of divisive conspiracies. The Zionist regime will not be a reliable partner for Islamic countries,

Shortly after Fahrizadeh’s assassination, a Revolutionary Guard was shot dead in Iraq on the border with Syria. Is a war scenario really being set up to trap Iran? 

We have not received any relevant news. Everyone knows that Iran’s presence in Syria is advisory. Of course, it is natural for the Zionist regime due to its belligerent nature to seek to create and escalate the tension and crisis in the region. We will certainly not fall into the trap of Israel’s warlike aims and advance our goals in our own way.

The Israeli press speaks of retaliation against Iran – for diplomatic and other purposes. Which will be the Iranian line from now on? The Rohani government intended to withdraw from the nuclear deal altogether. However, yesterday (1/12/20) a bill was proposed in the Iranian parliament that would allow the government to proceed with the enrichment of uranium by 20% on terms, if I am not mistaken, of the 2015 nuclear agreement. What exactly does this mean? What is it expected to cause?

Obviously the Iranian Islamic Republic reserves the right to respond to the crimes of Israel, and in particular to the assassination of our country’s leading scientists, at the right time and place, but the right answer will not come to the showground designed by the Zionist regime for us, but in the showground that will be judged and designed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We do not intend to withdraw from the nuclear agreement and will continue our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Despite Trump’s illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, we did not withdraw from this agreement – we suspended only part of our commitments.

We have repeatedly stated that if the other parts of the JCPOA fully comply with their obligations and the sanctions are fully lifted, we will return to the full implementation of the agreement. There may be disagreements within our country over how to negotiate and dialogue, but the general policy of the state is to maintain the JCPOA.

The rift within the US in their relations with Iran, which is also revealed by a former CIA official, was dictated by who in the Trump administration?

It was the Trump administration who, in violation of all international laws and commitments, withdrew from the agreement and pursued a policy of maximum pressure against Iran, despite opposition from the international community.

For now, any change will depend on the actions of the new US administration. The situation can change if the United States stops its behavior of intimidation and interference in Iran’s internal affairs and treats the Iranian people equally and with respect.