The CIA and Mossad were behind the "abominable" assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran this week, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Thursday in a message of condolence to the man's family.
"This cowardly murder, perpetrated by those who do not dare claim their abominable crime by accepting the responsibility, was committed like the other crimes with the planning or support of the intelligence services of the CIA and Mossad," Khamenei said in the message posted on his website.
His accusation against the US and Israeli espionage services was the strongest yet by Iran's regime following Wednesday's brazen killing of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a deputy director of its main uranium enrichment plant.
Khamenei said Iran's controversial nuclear programme "does not depend on any one person" and "we are going to continue with determination and energy on this path."
by Mathieu Rabechault © 2012 AFP
Date: Jan 12, 2012