Iran denies NYT Mossad assassination report

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh at his weekly press conference on Sunday denied New York Times report describing the November assassination of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, according to Iran International TV.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Tehran on November 26. The murder was carried out by the Mossad, The temperature reported. According to the report, the weapon was a modified Belgian-made FN MAG machine gun, attached to a robot and powered by artificial intelligence.

The temperature said his information came from interviews with US, Israeli and Iranian officials, “including two intelligence officials familiar with the details of the planning and execution of the operation.”

Khatibzadeh denied the report’s claims, saying the Iranian secret service had full details of the incident, including everyone involved.

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami speaks during a funeral ceremony for Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in Tehran, Iran, November 30, 2020 (credit: IRANIAN DEFENSE MINISTERY / WANA / HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS)

At first there were reports of witnesses seeing two of the assassins at the scene. But two days after the assassination, a report by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps affiliated Fars news agency said that there had been no assassins at the scene and that the weapon had been operated remotely.

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