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MEP Cronberg condemns the assassination of the Iranian scientist

11.1.2012


The killing of the nuclear scientist will not help build dialogue, says the chair of the Iran delegation of the European Parliament.

One more victim was added to the list of murdered Iranian nuclear scientists. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, university lecturer and scientist was killed in an explosion in Tehran yesterday.

The Iran delegation chair, MEP Tarja Cronberg condemns the killing and calls for an immediate end to such a covert operation.
She fears that the attack encourages Iran to steer its programme further towards military direction.

'The murder is an outrageous act against peace as it takes place just before the resumption of the negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme. Whoever or whatever organisations are behind the attack, they strike against the fundamental principal of rule of law and human rights, the right to life,' Cronberg states.

Despite serious concerns about a military dimension of Iran's nuclear programme, the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report does not establish that Iran has a working nuclear weapon programme in place.

While there are problems in Iran cooperation with the IAEA, Cronberg reminds that the nuclear capabilities Iran is currently building belong to the legitimate right as a party to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty. However, it is difficult to distinguish between the civil and military uses of nuclear technology.
'I hope the negotiations on Iran's nuclear dossier scheduled in Turkey will not be disrupted by this appalling killing,' Cronberg concludes.

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