Iran urges NAM act on nuclear scientist's murder

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The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called on the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) to take proper measures to prevent the assassination of nuclear scientists, Press TV reported.

In a Thursday letter to Khaled Abdelrahman Shamaa, the representative of the NAM chairman to the UN office in Vienna, Iran's IAEA envoy Ali Asqar Solatanieh called for the implementation of proper strategies to prevent the assassination of scientists in all countries, particularly in developing ones.

Referring to the recent assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist, Solatanieh described terrorist attacks against academicians as "heinous" and "blatant infringement of human principles."

He also called on NAM to harshly denounce the recent terrorist attack against the Iranian scientist as a violation of the UN Charter, IAEA statutes and international law.

On January 11, an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan near a college building of Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran. Ahmadi Roshan was immediately killed and his driver, who had sustained injuries, died a few hours later in a hospital.

Ahmadi Roshan was a chemical engineering graduate of the prominent Sharif University of Technology and served as the deputy director of marketing at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.

According to reports, Ahmadi Roshan had recently met IAEA inspectors, a fact which indicates that the IAEA has leaked information about Iran's nuclear facilities and scientists.

Ahmadi Roshan is not the first Iranian nuclear scientist targeted by a terrorist attack. In November, 2010, Majid Shahriari, another scientist, was killed in a terrorist attack and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi, the current head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was injured.

Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, another scholar at Tehran University, was also assassinated by a booby-trapped motorbike in the Iranian capital in January 2010.

Edited by: S. Isayev

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