— Tehran’s nemesis calls on parties to avoid ‘dragging region into new levels of instability’
ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has condemned the “heinous” killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist that Tehran has blamed on Israel, urging all parties to exercise restraint.
“The UAE condemns [the] assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and [calls] on all parties to exercise self-restraint to avoid dragging [the] region into new levels of instability and threat to peace,” the foreign ministry tweeted late Sunday night.
— وزارة الخارجية والتعاون الدولي (@MoFAICUAE) November 29, 2020
It described Fakhrizadeh’s killing as an “heinous crime”.
Fakhrizadeh, dubbed by Israel as the “father” of Iran’s nuclear programme, was fatally wounded Friday when assailants targeted his car and engaged in a gunfight with his bodyguards outside Tehran, according to Iran’s defence ministry.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed the country will seek its revenge in “due time” and not be rushed into a “trap”.
He pinned the blame on “the wicked hands of the global arrogance, with the usurper Zionist regime as the mercenary”. Iran generally uses the term “global arrogance” to refer to the US.
The strongly-worded UAE condemnation comes weeks after the Gulf nation normalised ties with Israel.
It is worth mentioning here that the Iranian state media reported on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist was made in Israel.
The “remains of the weapon” from the site of the attack outside Tehran bear “the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry,” an informed source told Iranian English-language broadcaster, Press-TV.
Top Iranian officials blamed Israel for masterminding Fakhrizadeh’s killing and promised “hard revenge.”
Tel-Aviv has denied any involvement, with Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen saying that he did not know who was behind the attack. However, Cohen confessed that he had not shed a tear over Fakhrizadeh’s death, which, according to him, made the world a safer place. “Anyone who takes an active part in creating a nuclear weapon is a dead man walking,” he told Army Radio.
Israel has been blaming Tehran for years of working towards creating a nuclear weapon, while also labeling Fakhrizadeh as the head of the program. Iran insists that its nuclear developments are solely of a peaceful nature.