Mohsen Fachrisadeh was an expert on missile technology in Iran. He was shot dead in an attack near Tehran. The Iranian government blames Israel. The UN is trying to de-escalate.
Tehran / New York (dpa) – In the sensational case of a murdered Iranian nuclear physicist, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged restraint.
Reports of the incident were noted, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told the New York DPA. “We call for restraint and believe it necessary to avoid measures that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region.”
According to the government, Mohsen Fachrisadeh was shot and seriously injured in his car on Friday. Shortly afterwards, he died in a hospital. Iran’s Defense Ministry spoke of a “martyr’s death” when the news was announced. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reported “serious indications” of Israeli involvement. At first, however, it was not clear who was behind the attack.