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Iran claims to have evidence proving US, UK hand in nuclear scientist's killing

Middle East, Sun, 15 Jan 2012 ANI

Tehran, Jan 15 (ANI): Iran has claimed that it has evidence to prove that the United States was behind the recent assassination of its nuclear scientist.


Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, who worked at the country's Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed in Tehran on Wednesday, when two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to his car.


The killing of Roshan was similar to previous assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists that Tehran has blamed on Israel and the United States.


Iran's state media said that the country's Foreign Ministry has sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has "evidence and reliable information" that the CIA provided "guidance, support and planning" to assassins "directly involved" in Roshan's killing.


Iran delivered the letter to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which looks after US interests in the country, Fox News reports.


According to the report, the state media also reported that Iran delivered a letter to Britain accusing London of having an "obvious role" in the killing.


It said that a series of assassinations began after British intelligence chief John Sawers hinted in 2010 at intelligence operations against the Islamic Republic.


British media have quoted Sawers, as saying that intelligence-led operations were needed to make it more difficult for countries like Iran to develop nuclear weapons.


Meanwhile, the US has denied being involved in Roshan's killing.


"The United States had absolutely nothing to do with this. We strongly condemn all acts of violence, including acts of violence like this," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor had said. (ANI)


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