Israeli President Shimon Peres told CNN Spanish that to the best of his knowledge Israel was not involved in the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. This was the first response by an Israeli statesman to the allegations that Israel's Mossad was behind the hit.
The president noted it was fashionable to blame the United States and Israel for anything bad that happens in Iran.
On Thursday, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed recent Iran-related developments, including the international community's efforts to hold Iran accountable for its failures to meet its international obligations.
The White House said that during the phone conversation Obama "reaffirmed his commitment to the goal of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region."
Also Thursday, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Thursday that those behind the killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran would be punished.
"This cowardly terror ... has been designed or helped by the intelligence services of CIA and Mossad and shows that the arrogant powers have reached a dead end in the face of the strong Iranian nation," Khamenei added, according to IRNA.