0255 GMT January 24, 2021
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Iran Press, Baqeri-Kani said, "The experience of the past four decades has shown that the pressures have imposed costs on Iranian people, but they cannot stop people from advancement."
He said that assassination and sanctions are two sides of the same coin against the Iranian people, which began during the presidency of the former US president Barack Obama.
The judiciary official referred to the Friday assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, saying that the crime is a continuation of the incumbent US president’s policy of maximum pressure against Iran, constituting the crippling pressure of the Obama's era that was imposed on the Iranian nation.
This policy has two prongs, he added, one is the policy of sanctions imposed during the Obama's era which targeted various areas related to the basic needs of the Iranian people, and that American officials even extended it to the medical equipment and medicine.
"Of course, the Western governments have committed crimes in other areas too. When Obama was in the office, five Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated," Baqeri-Kani said.
He noted that the assassination of Fakhrizadeh is exactly in the same direction, saying that both assassination and sanctions are aimed at hampering the progress of the Iranian people.
"Sanctions impose pressure on Iran, but Iran does not stop progressing, and these crimes increase national awareness," Baqeri-Kani added.
The official urged the world to strongly condemn assassination of the Iranian scientist, stressing that these crimes should not go unanswered.
"We will communicate with UN officials and related institutions and ask them to condemn the assassination of Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, but the Westerners are acting in their own interests. For the past 12 years, the Zionists assassinated our nuclear scientists, and they did not condemn it," he added.
The Iranian official also said that the silence of international officials and their double standard policy toward such crimes mean legitimization of the terrorism.
Baqeri-Kani said that assassination of the Iranian scientist was a terrorist act, but the West is reluctant to condemn the terrorist attack.
Fakhrizadeh was targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of assailants in Absard town of Tehran Province’s Damavand County on Friday.