Lebanon Urges Self-Restraint After The Killing Of An Iranian Scientist

Reuters

’s Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist and called for self-restraint to avoid a slide toward the “worst scenario.”

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an academic physicist, and a senior official in the nuclear program of was killed on Friday in an ambush near Tehran.

blamed the attack on .

The second and current supreme leader of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has promised to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and in the remaining weeks of ’s presidency.

Lebanese Foreign Ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide toward the worst scenario in the region,” taking into consideration that is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed group.

, which was founded by ’s Revolutionary Guard in 1982 and exercises major influence in , said the response for the assassination is in ’s hands.

“We condemn this heinous attack and see that the response to this crime is in the hands of those concerned in ,” Sheikh Naim Qassem said in an interview with Al-Manar television.

He said Fakhrizadeh was killed by “those sponsored by America and ” and said the assassination was part of a war on Iran and the region.

Earlier this month, leader Sayyed said Iran’s allies in the region should be in a state of high readiness in case of any “American or Israeli folly” during the remainder of U.S. President ’s term.

When asked whether could attack during that time, Qassem said he did not believe so but that if it did was “fully prepared” for a confrontation.


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