Iran denies report saying Mossad murdered nuclear scientist
Iran has denied reports that the Mossad was behind the assassination of its chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, on November 27.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said a New York Times attributing the blow to the Israeli spy agency was wrong.
During a press briefing, Khatibzadeh denied the report’s claims, saying the Iranian secret service had all the details of the incident, including everyone involved.
According to the Times, Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Tehran with a modified Belgian-made FN MAG machine gun attached to a robot and powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
In an article reviewing the coup on Fakhrizadeh, dubbed “the father of the Iranian nuclear bomb,” the newspaper claimed that Israel was behind his death. The report further alleged that Israel had wanted to eliminate the scientist for 14 years, and had planned to do so in 2009 in Tehran, but the Mossad intelligence agency called off the operation at the last moment because its “plot had been compromised ”.
While the Islamic Republic has accused Israel – long suspected of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists a decade ago – of contributing to the elimination of Fakhrizadeh. Yerushalayim remained silent on the matter.
According to NYT, in July 2020, the Mossad reportedly carried out its mission using an agent-operated sniper machine gun over 1,000 miles away. Fakhrizadeh and his wife were driving a car outside of Tehran, with a team of armed guards in escort cars, when the scientist was murdered using a “killer robot”.
The entire operation was carried out by remote control, according to the story, and the squad that planned the attack had already left Iran by the time the robot was activated.
According to the newspaper, the sci-fi plot has been confirmed by senior Israeli, Iranian and US officials, “including two intelligence officials familiar with the details of the planning and execution of the operation. , and statements by Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s family to the Iranian media.
The New York Times attributed the success of the assassination to “extensive planning and monitoring by the Mossad”. He also accused Iranian Revolutionary Guards of security breaches and even criticized Fakhrizadeh for refusing to take appropriate measures to protect himself from assassination.
According to the newspaper, Fakhrizadeh’s elimination was “the first test” of an artificial intelligence-assisted, computerized, satellite-operated, multi-camera-eyed sniper capable of firing 600 rounds per minute. weapon “susceptible to reshaping”. the worlds of security and espionage.
Originally, witnesses reportedly saw two of the assassins at the scene, but two days after the assassination, Fars News, affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, reported that there had been no assassins on the scene. the scene and that the weapon was operated from a distance.
Updated Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 4:21 p.m.