Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has actually stated he is concerned about the scenario in Iran and the broader region after the assassination of one of the nation’s top nuclear scientists.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after gunmen fired at his automobile near Tehran, in an ambush Iran’s president has actually blamed on Israel.
Mr Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: “We are worried about the situation in Iran and the broader region. We do want to see de-escalation of tensions.
” We’re still waiting to see the full truths of what’s happened in Iran, however I would state that we stick to the rule of international humanitarian law, which is very clear against targeting civilians.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for the “conclusive penalty” of those behind the assassination and Israeli embassies around the world have been put on high alert.
Israel has long declared that Mr Fakhrizadeh had actually led a military nuclear programme in the early 2000s, however the country decreased to comment following the killing on Friday.
In Iran, a viewpoint piece released by the hardline Kayhan paper has suggested Iran should assault the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel performed the killing.
The newspaper has long argued for aggressive retaliation against Israel, but this time it required an attack that would damage facilities and trigger “heavy human casualties”.
When Mr Raab was asked if he thought Israel might have a case to address, he said: “I have no concept. I do not have any of the realities that would allow me to address that question at this moment.”
He also stated that there are hopes the nuclear offer made between world powers and Iran in 2015 can be looked at again under the incoming Joe Biden administration in the United States.
The offer was effectively put on ice when Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018.
When asked if the death of Mr Fakhrizadeh had made Iran “a more secure location”, Mr Raab said: “I believe that’s extremely tough to say because there will be other scientists.
” But right up to Christmas, I will be meeting my colleagues, also with Iran if they are willing to come into the camping tent, to make sure we hold them to account however also to try and find a serene path through.”
On Saturday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani stated that the researcher’s death will not curtail Iran’s nuclear program.
“Our people are wiser than to fall in the trap of the Zionist program (Israel)… Iran will certainly react to the martyrdom of our scientist at the proper time,” he added.