On November 27, Iran’s chief nuclear scientist Fahrizad was killed near the capital Tehran, which attracted global attention. This week, Fahrizad’s death continues to ferment and heat up, and may even become a trigger to detonate the sensitive situation in the Middle East!
Abu Sad’s “Dark 3 Minutes”
Abu Sad, about 45 miles from Tehran, a suburban town famous for apple and cherry orchards.
On the afternoon of November 27, 2020, Fahrizad, head of the research and innovation agency of the Iranian Ministry of Defense and chief nuclear scientist, and his wife rode in a black Nissan sedan escorted to Abu Sad’s villa.
With the coronavirus pandemic and the highways are scarce in traffic, the assassination known as the “Dark 3 Minutes” took place just as the sedan approached a ring island. And what happened in just three minutes, the media and the official have many sayings, which have become “Rashomon”.
In a report on Iran’s national radio and television network, a truck loaded with wood exploded, cutting off the surrounding power supply and invalidating multiple cameras on the roadside. After forcing the Fahrizad car to stop, five or six gunmen jumped from a parked SUV and shot at the car together. Fahrizad died of serious injuries. .
However, in the version of Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, no gunmen appeared, and all the operations were completed by remote control:
Fahrizad’s ride was hit by bullets as one of three bodyguards left the convoy to check the safety of the destination. The sound of bullets hitting the vehicle made Fahrizad mistakenly believe that the vehicle was out of order and got off the bulletproof vehicle to check the situation. Just then, a long-range machine gun began to shoot from a car parked 150 meters away, hitting Fahrizad and his bodyguard. Subsequently, the car also exploded, the evidence was destroyed, and the owner left Iran a month ago.
Sources also revealed that the remote control machine guns are controlled by satellites and equipped with face recognition systems to ensure accurate killing. These high-tech equipments are made in Israel. This statement is also endorsed by Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Shamhani: Unfortunately, this is a complex operation using electronic equipment, and there are no (criminal) personnel at the scene.
However, the Iranian Defense Minister is another statement, combining some details of the first two versions.
Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami: At first, his car was shot. About 15 seconds later, a Nissan pickup truck full of explosives exploded about 15-20 meters away from his car, injuring him and eventually causing him to die in the line of duty.
In either version, Fahrizad’s death is like a carefully planned agent operation, and the whole process is like a film and television drama festival.
Iran’s many parties clearly target the “black hand” and point the finger at Israel.
On the evening of the 27th, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted that Israel was “majorly suspected”!
He tweeted: “Terrorists murdered a famous Iranian scientist today. This cowardly act (there is serious evidence that Israel is involved in the case) shows that the perpetrators are extremely vicious war traffickers.
Western media such as the Sunday Times also believe that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad often suddenly emerges from the dark to destroy opponents. Fahrizad’s death meets all the characteristics of his behavior: after careful planning, the opponent’s territory and in broad daylight will be eliminated, resulting in excess of Iran or Israeli color. Significant influence beyond national boundaries!
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Security Council Shamhani: The intelligence department of the country has received information that he (Fakrizad) has become an enemy target and will take action against him at the last place of the incident. Necessary security measures have been added, but this time, the enemy has used a new way, which is a professional and special operation. Unfortunately, they won 20 years later.
In fact, the Israeli government has always claimed that Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons cannot be tolerated, and it is not the first time that an Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated. Since 2010, at least four Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated.
Fahrizad’s wife: He (Fahrizad) is a scientist and a very kind and affectionate husband. He loves his country. I begged others to continue his path and not let his blood go away. His life path is very important to him, and he paid his painstaking efforts to it.
The kind and affectionate husband in his wife’s eyes has another identity: he was called the “father of the nuclear bomb” of Iran by the United States and Israel, was the director of the secret atomic bomb program, and the only Iranian scientist named when the International Atomic Energy Agency’s “final evaluation” of Iran’s nuclear program in 2015.
And all this is destined to be another thorn in the side of others!
Shamhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council: We know who planned, who he was and what he did. It is certain that MKO (Iran People’s Mujahideen Organization) is involved, and the Zionist regime (Israel) and Mossad are inexorably involved.
The Sunday Times believes that if Mossad is behind the scenes, it is almost certain that the ” bayonet” team did it.
The ” bayonet” team, formed after the killing of members of the Israeli Olympic delegation in 1972, was mostly selected from Israeli commandos and trained to penetrate the enemy’s rear, but its assassination must be approved by the Israeli Prime Minister. Coincidentally, however, Fahrizad was publicly “named” by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu exactly two years ago.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: The most critical part of the plan is to establish a new organization to continue this work, said Fahrizad, the head of the Amad Project. The head of the Amad project is Fahrizad, remember the name, Fahrizad.
The website of Der Spiegel once used the title of “Shadow War” to describe the kind of accurate and uncertain attacks frequently encountered by Iranian nuclear scientists and related nuclear facilities. Although there is no conclusive evidence at present, Iran has clearly targeted the “black hand” as its old rival – Israel!
Security and unstable Arab countries
15 September 2020 White House South Lawn ushers in a little “highlight moment” after Trump’s accession: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a normalization agreement with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah and Bahraini Foreign Minister Zayani, witnessing hundreds of participants, respectively, and established diplomatic relations. .
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: This peace will eventually be extended to include other Arab countries and finally end the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all. In the outside world, the lawn around the White House is a “fertile land” for peace in the Middle East:
President Trump of the United States at that time: Today’s signing ceremony set a new direction for history, and in the near future, other countries will follow these great leaders (establish diplomatic relations with Israel).
For Trump, this moment means a lot to his new Middle East policy.
Since unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement in 2018 and imposed “extreme pressure” on Iran, the relationship between the United States and Iran has become increasingly tense: early this year, after the United States assassinated Suleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s “Quds Brigade” by drone, Iran announced a suspension of fulfilling its nuclear agreement obligations. At that time, French Foreign Minister Ludrian said that Iran would soon possess nuclear weapons in doing so.
In July, a fire broke out at a plant under construction at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, but this did not stop Iran’s pace of restoring uranium enrichment. In mid-November, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran’s enriched uranium reserves were 12 times that of the legal reserves stipulated in the nuclear agreement!
The effect of “extreme pressure” is not obvious. Promoting the Arab allies and Israel to form a joint front against Iran has become the main line of Trump’s “new Middle East policy”, which also means that Arab countries abandon the precondition for peace to solve the Palestinian-Israeli issue.
On August 13, the UAE and Israel reached a “breakthrough” agreement to normalize relations, followed by Bahrain. The Guardian explained this wave of diplomatic relations between Gulf countries and Israel with “enemy enemies”.
The expansion of Iran’s strategic influence in recent years has not only worried Israel, but also promoted the sense of insecurity in the Arab countries. “Unity with Israel to suppress Iraq” has thus become the strategic choice of some Arab countries.
Iranian people Maliam: [Normalization of Arab-Israeli relations] It will certainly threaten Iran’s security. Perhaps the navigation between these countries will be achieved, and Israel will become closer to Iran. In the past, it was difficult for them to get close to Iran easily and to the Iranian border through other countries, but now through Bahrain and other countries, they have the opportunity to get close to Iran, which is dangerous for us.
However, for Israel, the key to solving Iran’s “heartfelt problem” is to pull Sunni leader Saudi Arabia over;
Trump also publicly said that he expected Saudi Arabia to join the United Arab Emirates and normalize relations with Israel.
However, despite the incompatibility with Iran, Saudi Arabia, as a regional power, will not easily give in to the issue of Palestinian-Israeli peace.
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan: We support all efforts to achieve peace, and any unilateral Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and settlement is illegal and does not contribute to long-term peace.
What exactly is the intention of the mastermind behind the assassination?
On November 19, against the backdrop of Trump’s slim re-election prospects, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s “Farewell Tour to the Middle East” arranged Israel and Saudi Arabia, which was quite meaningful.
On the evening of November 22, Pompeo, Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Salman met in Saudi Arabia’s “New Future” city.
Media reports said that the meeting between Netanyahu and Salman was facilitated by Pompeo, and the main purpose was to stop normalizing diplomatic relations between Saudi and Israel and work together against Iran, especially to “stop Biden from restoring diplomatic contacts between the United States and Iran and regaining the Iran nuclear agreement”.
The media noticed that Mossad’s head, Josi Cohen, also participated in the meeting between “hawks on Iran”.
Just five days later, Fahrizad was assassinated, and the New York Times commented: That was another decisive moment of Israel’s “bet” in the Middle East! The Iranian side knows this well.
Rouhani Iranian President: This brutal assassination shows that our enemies are going through weeks of anxiety. They feel that the era of their pressure is disappearing, the situation in the world is changing, and they want to use the rest of the time (Trump) to create uncertain conditions in the region.
Mark Fitzpatrick, former U.S. State Department of Nuclear Nonproliferation Officer, tweeted after the killing of Fahrizad: “The purpose of the assassination is not to hinder Iran from developing war potential, but to hinder diplomacy!”
So whose diplomacy does Israel want to “obstruct”? Today’s article on the Russian TV website suddenly made it clear the half-cover words of American officials: 52 days before Biden took office, Israel gave him a gift: go to war with Iran!
On the evening of December 1, U.S. President-elect Biden said in an interview with the media that he would still adhere to the pre-election policy towards Iran: “If Iran resumes strict compliance with the Iran nuclear agreement, the United States will rejoin the agreement as a starting point for subsequent negotiations.”
The “re-accession agreement” has been interpreted as: with Iran’s cooperation, Biden will lift the sanctions imposed on Iran by his predecessor. For the Trump administration, this is almost to erase the most important “diplomatic legacy” in four years!
On the 4th, Pompeo, who attended the “Manamai Dialogue” in Bahrain, couldn’t help but speak:
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo: What I want to say to the world is that this is not the right direction. The right direction cannot be to allow Iran to continue to trade arms, and the right direction cannot be to allow Iran to regain access to Western technology and capital.
It is noted that the four assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists before the killing of Fahrizad occurred intensively between 2010 and 2012, just before Iran and the United States began secret contacts and finally reached a historic Iran nuclear agreement.
Paradoxically, the killing of Fahrizad is the first assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist since the signing of the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015.
Iranian political analyst Mugadam: [Assassination] It seems that the Israeli regime seeks to take risks during the power transfer between Trump and President-elect Biden to drag the regional situation into turmoil and use it to hinder Biden from improving relations with Iran.
The Iranian Parliament passed the outline of the Anti-Sanctions Strategy Bill. The government expressed different positions.
On December 1, the Iranian Parliament passed the outline of the Anti-Sanctions Strategy Bill by a high vote.
Amuyi, spokesman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament: According to the bill, the next generation of IR-2M and IR6 centrifuges will be applied, and a timetable for the implementation of the plan will be set, and then a factory will be built for the supply and storage of uranium metal, and then a similar to the Arak Heavy Water Reactor will be built. New reactor.
However, the Iranian government has expressed different positions.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Khati Buzad: The government has previously expressed its opposition to submitting the bill in this way. Although we (the government and parliament) are both in the national interest and naturally disagree on some issues, the government has said that the bill is unnecessary and beneficial.
The Iran nuclear agreement was an important achievement of Iranian President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif. Due to the unilateral breach of the contract by the United States, the moderates represented by Rouhani were defeated in the parliamentary election earlier this year and were in a difficult situation.
Iranian Defense Minister: Iran will retaliate against the mastermind of the assassination
On November 30, at the funeral of Fahrizad, Iran’s defense minister vowed to take revenge.
Iranian Defense Minister Khatami: The enemy is very clear, and I have warned them as a soldier that no crime, terrorism or stupidity is immune to counterattack. We will track down the criminals to the end, and they must pay for their actions.
However, at this sensitive and important moment, retaliation may further complicate the situation in the Middle East, which may be what the masterminds behind it foreseen: assassination can make the Iranian nuclear agreement impossible to “reborn”, if not stop Iran’s nuclear program.
But reality proves that it’s far more complicated than behind-the-scenes planning in creating a situation that “bundles Biden’s hands and feet to make him powerless.”
On December 3, Iranian Speaker Kalibhav said in an interview with Iranian state television that Iran has no intention of withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.
On the same day, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif said at a video conference of the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum that no new negotiations would be held on the parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that had been agreed upon.
The United States is facing regime change, and Biden was Obama’s deputy, the main promoter of the Iran nuclear agreement. After taking office, he may ease the confrontation with Iran. Therefore, after this incident, Iran may also maintain restraint and vigilance and wait and see the future development of the situation.