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Top Iranian nuclear scientist’s assassination & how it will impact US diplomacy in Middle East

By The Print

Iran’s senior-most nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near Tehran last Friday. Despite the scientist’s heavy security detail, attackers “used electronic equipment” to fire at his car and kill him.

“This is not just an isolated event or an act of revenge. This is a political move on a really deadly, global strategic chessboard,” said ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta in episode 629 of Cut The Clutter.

In his first remarks on the assassination, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “The enemies are experiencing stressful weeks… They are mindful that the global situation is changing, and are trying to make the most of these days to create unstable conditions in the region.”

Gupta said Rouhani was insinuating that Israel is in “cahoots” with the Donald Trump administration in the United States to create a situation that will elicit a retaliation from Iran and thereby leave behind a crisis for President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office in January next year.

Unlike Trump, Biden is committed to returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a US-Iran agreement signed during former president Barack Obama’s time to try and contain Iran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting sanctions, said Gupta.

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