Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE)- The European Union (EU) has condemned the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fajrizadeh, and described the action as a criminal act.

A spokesman for the office of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, expressed that such actions are contrary to the principle of respect for human rights that the regional bloc defends.

The document echoes Borrell's condolences to the families of the victims and the desire for a speedy recovery for the injured.

‘In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that all parties remain calm and exercise maximum restraint to avoid an escalation,’ adds the document.

On Friday, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Yavad Zarif, called the assassination of the former head of the Organization for Research and Innovation in Defense, affiliated to the Ministry of Defense of that country, an act of cowardice.

He considered that there are serious indications of the role of the government of Israel behind the action and called on the international community, especially the EU, to condemn what he called a terrorist attack.

Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi died as a result of injuries caused by an explosion after an attack in the city of Absard, Iranian province of Tehran.

Following Fakhrizadeh's assassination, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described him as "the country's prominent and distinguished nuclear and defensive scientist"

In a 2018 televised presentation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew attention to Fakhrizadeh. Relying on alleged Iranian documents stolen in an Israeli operation, Netanyahu labelled Fakhrizadeh as the head of the AMAD Project. He then urged his audience to "remember his name.

The statement is a significant distancing of the EU from Israel and the United States.

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