Iranian minister alleges ‘Israeli role’ in killing of nuclear scientist

Iran's top nuclear scientist assassinated in ambush, reports say

Iran’s foreign minister suggested Friday that Israel was behind the slaying of his country’s top nuclear scientist — and called it an act of “desperate warmongering.”

“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today,” Javad Zarif tweeted.

“This cowardice — with serious indications of Israeli role — shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators.”

Zarif also said Iran was calling on the international community — “especially” including the European Union — “to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.”

Zarif’s comments followed reports out of Iran that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed by gunman who first blew up a car in Asbard, a city about 40 miles east of Tehran.

Several others were also reportedly killed in the attack, possibly including family members who were traveling with him at the time.

Israel declined to immediately comment, according to The Associated Press.