News ID: 277637
Published: 0645 GMT December 02, 2020

Iran urges int’l community to condemn Fakhrizadeh assassination

Iran urges int’l community to condemn Fakhrizadeh assassination

Iran’s envoy to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi called on world countries and international organizations on Wednesday to strongly condemn the assassination of the top Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

He made the remarks addressing the online 'International Seminar on Unilateral Coercive Measures and their impacts under the shadow of COVID19' co-sponsored by the Iranian, Cuban, and Venezuelan diplomatic missions in Vienna, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.

UN Special Rapporteur, head of South-South cooperation and ambassadors of 38 countries took part in the international event.

"While Iran is under US inhumane sanctions,” Gharibabadi said, “a prominent Iranian scientist named Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated, which is completely contrary to international law, the principles of the UN Charter, and fundamental human rights."

The Iranian diplomat referred to the role played by martyr Fakhrizadeh in producing “the first indigenous corona test kit in Iran” as one of the latest examples of his “various scientific activities” that had a “key role in Iran's anti-corona virus efforts."

Fakhrizadeh, 59, a prominent physicist and university professor who served as the head of Defensive Innovation and Research of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization, was targeted by terrorists with suspected links to Israel in a multi-pronged terrorist attack in a small city near Tehran on Friday.

"We strongly condemn this terrorist act and call on all relevant countries and international organizations to strongly and clearly condemn this terrorist act," Gharibabadi said addressing the participants of the International Seminar on Unilateral Coercive Measures and their impacts under the shadow of COVID-19.

"Iran has used all its power to prevent and control the spread of this highly contagious virus, but the unilateral and coercive US measures have severely limited our ability to finance the imports of humanitarian items in this regard," he said referring to the coronavirus pandemic in Iran.

"No nation can address such challenges per se and the only tool available for this purpose is cooperation and solidarity among countries," he added.

"The US such inhumane acts seriously affect the health and lives of Iranians and other nations."

Gharibabadi underlined that "While the US government claims that its sanctions regime has provided exemptions for humanitarian imports, this claim is untrue, and in practice, these exemptions have not been able to motivate traders, companies, and banks to take risks for exporting and financing the exempted humanitarian goods."

"Now is the time for the international community to reject such a criminal act and call on the United States to immediately lift all its illegal sanctions so that the targeted countries can better deal with the virus."

At the end of the seminar, a joint statement was issued by 19 countries including Iran, Russia, China, South Africa, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria, Namibia, Palestine, Belarus, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Burundi, Eritrea, and Laos, condemning unilateral sanctions and US illegal acts and demanded revocation of such human rights violations.

Resource: MNA
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