Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations on Palestine Mohammad Reza Sahraei made the remarks on Wednesday while addressing the UN meeting on Palestine where five resolutions were adopted against the Zionist regime, IRNA reported.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, 59, deputy minister of defense and head of the Research and Innovation Organization of the Ministry of Defense of Iran, was assassinated on November 27, near the town of Absard, in Damavand city, east of the capital Tehran, during a terrorist attack by the criminal agents related to the Zionist regime.
Referring to Fakhrizadeh assassination as a criminal act and “a heinous terrorist attack,” Sahraei noted, “Over the current decade, several top Iranian scientists have been targeted and assassinated in numerous violent terrorist attacks. Our firm evidence clearly indicates that certain foreign quarters were behind such assassinations.”
He added one of the last projects to be undertaken by Martyr Fakhrizadeh was “his outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous COVID-19 test kit, which served as a great contribution to our national efforts in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when Iran is under such inhumane sanctions by the United States that thereby strictly prevent our access to humanitarian goods, including medicines and medical equipment. He was also supervising the development of a COVID-19 vaccine that could not only curb its spread but also help defend the population of our country that has been ravaged by this lethal pandemic. “
“The cowardly assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh – with serious indications pointing to Israeli responsibility – is another desperate attempt to jeopardize international and regional peace. In fact, the commission of such a reckless and criminal act is a clear manifestation of state terrorism which needs to be strongly and immediately condemned by the international community,” Sahraei said.
Emphasizing that no amount of terrorist attacks can put pressure on or hinder Iran’s progress in the achievement of discoveries and successes in the fields of science and technology needed for its socio-economic development, the senior diplomat stressed “Iran reserves its rights to take all necessary measures to defend its people and secure its interests.”
As for the “longest-running crisis” of Palestine, Sahraei said “In fact, the non-compliance of the occupying regime with relevant international laws and regulations has further prevented the international community from achieving a just and lasting solution to the crisis.”
He said, “We consider the Golan as an integral part of the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. Iran reaffirms that all discriminatory and illegal policies by Israel constitute a flagrant violation of international law, the UN Charter, relevant UN resolutions, and the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
Sahraei further reiterated Tehran’s “principled position that peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved solely through the promotion of a discriminatory and selective policy of support for the Israeli regime as well as simultaneously condemn the legitimate struggle of Palestinian people against the occupation.
“Putting an end to more than seven decades of conflict and instability in the Middle East while simultaneously establishing a durable peace is only possible by resolving the Palestinian issue through the termination of the occupation, the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland, ensuring the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination as well as establishing a sovereign and viable State of Palestine with Al-Quds as its capital,” Sahraei stressed.