‘U.S., UK, Israel killing Iran scientists’ – Castro

Tehran Times – January 9, 2011

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has accused the United States, Britain, and Israel of organizing the “butchery” of Iranian scientists to undermine Tehran’s nuclear program.

In an article published on Friday entitled “What Would Einstein Say?”, the 84-year-old Castro cited reports in the international media, particularly one article in the U.S. magazine The Atlantic, describing efforts by the intelligence agencies of the three countries to subvert Tehran’s nuclear program and torpedo international negotiations on it through sabotage, which sometimes includes the “coordinated disappearance” of Iranian scientists, AFP reported.

“There are other serious developments related to the butchery of scientists, organized by Israel, the United States, Britain, and other powers,” he wrote.

In his article, Castro asked what Einstein would say if he had learned about the operations by the U.S., Britain, and Israel to make the nuclear scientists disappear.

He said several Iranian scientists have been assassinated since 2007, including Massoud Ali-Mohammadi and Majid Shahriari.

Professor Ali-Mohammadi, a lecturer at Tehran University, was killed by a booby-trapped motorbike in the Iranian capital in January 2010. The bombing took place near the professor’s home in the Qeytariyeh neighborhood of northern Tehran.

On November 29, unidentified terrorists attached bombs to the vehicles of Iranian university professors Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi and detonated them. Professor Shahriari was killed immediately, but Dr. Abbasi and his wife sustained minor injuries and were rushed to hospital.

“There were other serious incidents targeting Iranian scientists organized by Israel, the United States, Great Britain, and other powers which are not relayed by the world mainstream media,” said the former Cuban leader.

He also cited an article in the British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, pointing to the role played by Israel’s Mossad in the death of Iranian scientists.

“I do not remember another moment in history in which the assassination of scientists has become official policy of a group of powers armed with nuclear weapons,” Castro said.

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