Iran demands UN action against killers of nuclear scientists

AFP , Friday 28 Sep 2012

Foreign minister says Iran has been victim of 'nuclear terrorism, telling Security Council that action is needed against the unnamed perpetrators

Worshippers carry portraits of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, who was killed in a bomb blast in Tehran on January 11, during his funeral after Friday prayers in Tehran January 13, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Iran's foreign minister on Friday demanded that the UN Security Council act against the countries that killed Iranian nuclear scientists and launched cyber-attacks against its atomic research.

Without naming Israel or the United States, which Iran has accused over the killings of four scientists, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran had been a victim of "nuclear terrorism."

Salehi said the Security Council, which has passed four rounds of sanctions against Iran's uranium enrichment, should stop using nuclear weapons fears "as a pretext to act as a legislative body."

The council should "utilize its authority to act against those states undertaking cyber attacks and sabotage in the peaceful nuclear facilities and kill nuclear scientists of other countries," Salehi told a UN General Assembly meeting on nuclear terrorism.

The United States has denied involvement in the killings of four Iranian scientists since 2010. Israel has refused to comment on the killings.

According to US media, the United States and Israel were behind the Stuxnet computer virus which temporarily crippled Iran's uranium enrichment at its Natanz plant.

Salehi's comments came one day after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to set a "clear red line" against Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb. Salehi reaffirmed Iran's denials that it seeks an atomic weapon.

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