Stop Fundamentalism – An Iranian website affiliated with ruling sectors of the Iranian regime threatened western countries of retaliations for the loss of its nuclear scientists.
A deputy director of Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant was killed Wednesday when a magnetic bomb exploded in his car. The bombing took place at the anniversary of another nuclear scientist who was killed last year on the same day. Iran blames U.S. and Israel for the killing.
“Iran enters a new phase for special intelligence operations against its enemies, a task that it uniquely specializes in,” wrote the website ‘Tabnak’ yesterday adding, “The response region would be beyond our borders and regional.”
Earlier Hussein Shariatmadary, a leading theocrat of the Iranian regime and an editor of state-run newspaper ‘Kayhan’ wrote, “Assassination of Israeli military and officials is easily possible.” Criticizing what he called ‘Iran’s legal right to retaliate he continued, “This corrupt elements are easily identifiable and accessible” for assassination.
Mostafa Hamadi Roshan, the Iranian nuclear official who was killed Wednesday, was the fifth Iranian nuclear scientist being assassinated during the past few years. No one has taken the responsibility for the actions yet and motivations are still unknown.
Iran is coming under increasing international pressure to stop its clandestine nuclear program and come clean about its admissions to develop a nuclear weapon. Recently western countries are taking steps to sanction the Iranian Central Bank and ban Iranian oil which makes a big bulk of the country’s income.
Iran in response has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz which is world’s most important waterway for about 50 percent of world’s oil supply passes through this route every day.
Yesterday a New York Times article revealed that a direct message from President Obama was taken to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warning him of trying to close the Strait of Hormuz. While the Administration emphasizes that its policy with regards to Iran is a “behavior change” and not a “regime change”, there has been considerable repots of American military built-up in the Gulf area and countries such as Kuwait.