The assassination of Dr Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a Tehran University nuclear physicist, on Tuesday, blamed by the Iranian government on the United States and Israel and their fifth-column allies inside Iran, is the latest sign of an ominous, growing shadow war with Iran over its nuclear standoff with the West.
The US has officially denied any role in the incident in which a remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorbike went off near the 50-year-old professor’s home in the Qeytariyeh neighborhood in northern Tehran.
Bill Burton, the White House deputy press secretary, called the accusation “absurd”, saying he would not comment further as he
did not want to “prejudge any information about what actually happened”.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehman-Parast, commented, “In the preliminary investigations there can be seen the traces of the triangular villainy of the US, the Zionist regime and their agents in Iran’s terror attack.”
Only a few days ago, there were unconfirmed reports that Iran was slowing down its nuclear fuel program as a gesture of goodwill to give diplomacy some breathing space, this after intense lobbying by senior European Union diplomats involved in the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Iran is being urged to halt its uranium-enrichment program, which many believe is designed to develop nuclear weapons – a charge Tehran vigorously dismisses…