İrem UZUN -TDO- Following the assassination of a top nuclear scientist near Tehran, Iran’s conservative parliament has called for a halt to international inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities as a proportionate response to the killing. In a statement signed by all members of parliament, the legislative body said on Sunday “the hand of the murderous Zionist regime” can be clearly seen in the assassination of top scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed after an explosion and ensuing gunfire on Friday.
Sunday’s statement creates no legal obligation for the government and Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, but members of parliament are finalizing a bill to create that obligation. Called the Strategic Act to Revoke Sanctions, the bill creates the grounds for implementation of all the demands in the lawmakers’ statement. A bill would then have to be approved by Iran’s Guardian Council and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayetullah Khamenei demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of the scientist, he blamed Israel for the assassination. President Hassan Rouhani also blamed Israel for the killing. “We will respond to the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh in a proper time. The Iranian nation is smarter than falling into the trap of the Zionists. They are thinking to create chaos,” Rouhani said.