Iran Sends Letter in Response to Attacks on Nuclear Scientists

Tehran is claiming to have evidence that the assassinations are the work of the CIA

Iran said on Saturday it has evidence that the latest assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist was orchestrated, at least in part, by the Washington and the CIA.

The Iranian nuclear scientist, 32-year old Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, was killed on Tuesday by a magnetic bomb placed on his car by two unidentified assailants in northern Tehran. The attack, the fifth attack of its kind in two years, is widely believed to have been the work of some combination of U.S. and Israeli covert operations.

The U.S. has denied involvement in the attack. But in a letter to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, which represents the U.S. in Iran, the Iranian foreign ministry wrote “We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA.”

Iranian State TV also said another “letter of condemnation” had been sent to Britain, saying the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists began following an announcement by the head of Britain’s spy agency, MI6, operations against states seeking nuclear weapons would be taking place.

The rather calm, diplomatic reaction on the part of Iran has been difficult for foreign policy hawks to internalize. Sending a letter to the Swiss Embassy in response to international terrorist attacks, crippling sanctions, and provocative militarism in the Persian Gulf does not leave much room for hawks to paint Iran as the aggressor.

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