Iran blames UN for death of nuclear scientist

Blaming the United Nations for failing to keep its inspections of nuclear facilities secret, Iran has said its scientist Mostafa Roshan was killed earlier this month by assassins who identified him through information leaked by UN agency IAEA on Tehran's nuclear facilities.

Iran's deputy UN ambassador Eshagh Al Habib told the UN Security Council "there is a high suspicion that these terrorist circles used the intelligence obtained from United Nations bodies, including the sanction lists of the Security Council and interviews carried out by IAEA with our nuclear scientists to identify and carry out their malicious acts."

Roshan, 32, who worked at the Natanz nuclear facility, was killed on January 11 in Tehran when a bomb placed under his car by a motorcyclist exploded.

Iran has blamed intelligence agencies of the US and Israel for the attack.
Habib, speaking at an UNSC debate on rule of law, said UN bodies including the Security Council suffer from "several deficiencies such as failure to keep the secrecy over the inspections of nuclear facilities which is required by the established laws, regulations and practices."

He added that before his assassination Roshan had met with inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), "a fact that indicates that this UN Agency may have played a role in leaking information on Iran's nuclear facilities and scientists."
Listing the previous assassination attempts targeting Tehran's physicists and nuclear scientists, Habib said Israeli officials have not denied the fact that such terrorist acts have been carried out as part of the efforts to "disrupt Iran's peaceful nuclear programme".

"...Israeli officials have recently stepped up their war rhetoric against Iran, along the same line rhetoric are used by some politicians in the US."

Habib said it is "odd" that the UN Security Council has remained silent on terrorist attacks targeting Iranian scientists, while it "promptly reacts" to terrorist incidents that happen around the world. "Is it the way to advance the rule of law at the international level," he said.

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