|U.S. urges Israel to stop assassinating Iranian scientists: CBS News||
TEHRAN – Sources close to Israeli intelligence agencies say the U.S. administration is putting pressure on them to stop carrying out assassinations against Iranian nuclear scientists, CBS News reported on Saturday.
The report has been written by Dan Raviv, a journalist who co-wrote a book about the history of Israel’s intelligence agencies.
According to the report, although Israel has never acknowledged it, its espionage agency - the Mossad - ran an assassination campaign for several years aimed at Iran’s top nuclear scientists. The purpose was to slow the progress made by Iran.
At least five Iranian scientists were murdered, most of them by bombs planted on their cars as they drove to work in the morning.
U.S. President Barack Obama - much to the discomfort of Israeli officials - is pursuing negotiations with Iran. The United States is one of the six countries engaged in talks with Iran on its nuclear activities.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) struck an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
Iranian nuclear scientists and academics have been the targets of assassination over the past few years, and the country’s officials maintain that intelligence agents of Israel’s Mossad are behind the killings, the latest of which was the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a graduate of Sharif University of Technology in chemical engineering and an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, who was assassinated in Tehran on January 11, 2012.
On July 23, 2011, Dariush Rezaiinejad, a university professor, was killed in a terrorist attack in Tehran.
On November 29, 2010, two prominent physicists were targeted by terrorists in two separate bombings. Professor Majid Shahriari was killed and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi, the former director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was injured in the attacks.
On January 12, 2010, Iranian elementary-particle physicist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was assassinated in a bomb attack.
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