Selin ATAY-TDO- Iranian clerics and rulers have vowed to avenge the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
"Iran's enemies are well aware that the Iranian nation and its officials are brave and determined not to leave this murder unanswered," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement about Fahrizadeh's death. “The relevant authorities will respond to this crime at the appropriate time,” Rouhani added.
Hussein Dehkan, an adviser to Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said they would respond to the killing of Fahrizadeh, the head of the Defense Ministry's research and Innovation Agency and professor of Physics at Imam Hussein University.
"The Zionists are seeking to intensify and increase the pressure on Iran to literally wage a war in the last days of the political life of their allies," Hussein Dehkan said in a statement, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump. "We will descend upon the murderers of this oppressed martyr like lightning and make them regret their actions," Dehkan added in his statement.
Iran's Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Bakiri, said in a statement about Fahrizadeh's death that "revenge will be bitter." Mohammad Bakiri blamed Israel for Fahrizadeh's death, saying the "malevolent Zionist entity committed a brutal act." Bakiri also expressed that Fahrizadeh's death was "a major blow to the Iranian defense system."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said immediately after the attack that there were important signs that Israel had a role in the assassination. Mohammad Jawad Zarif had described the assassination of Fahrizadeh as "state terror."