Iran's UNESCO Envoy Raps Muted Response to Assassination of Fakhrizadeh

 Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) denounced inaction and silence on the assassination of top Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
In remarks on Friday, Ahmad Jalali called for the UNESCO’s condemnation of assassination of the Iranian scientist, reminding the UN agency of its responsibility in the field of science and education.

"In developing countries, it is the scientists who have to build scientific structures based on domestic needs, but alas, many of these countries are plagued by brain drain, and worse, brain hijacking and, most catastrophic, assassination of their scientists," he said.

"Hundreds of scientists have been killed in developing countries for years, and the international community kept silence," he deplored.

“Today, not only as an Iranian, but also as an academician, as someone who has spent twenty years of my life in this house of science, education and culture, I emphatically urge UNESCO not to remain silent, but to condemn this act, which is a wound on human conscience, and to work together to find a solution," IRNA quoted him as saying.

Terrorism is basically condemned, regardless of who its victim is, whether it is a scientist, a teacher, a journalist, or anyone else, Jalali said.

Fakhrizadeh, a senior nuclear and defense scientist, was assassinated in a small city east of Tehran on November 27.

In remarks on Monday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said it has become clear to Tehran that Munafeqin (Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization terrorists), the Zionist regime, and its spy service Mossad have been behind the assassination attack.

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