(WASHINGTON) — The White House issued a strong denial Wednesday that the U.S. had anything to do with the death of an Iranian scientist involved in the country’s illicit nuclear program.
Speaking to reporters, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran. We believe that there has to be an understanding between Iran, its neighbors and the international community that finds a way forward for [Iran] to end its provocative behavior, end its search for nuclear weapons and rejoin the international community and be a productive member of it.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi accused the U.S. and Israel of planning the car bomb attack that killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and his driver in the northern part of Tehran. Authorities said that two riders on motorcyles slapped a magnetic explosive onto Rahimi’s vehicle, which then detonated.
Fars News Agency reported that Roshan worked at the Natanz nuclear facility where he supervised a department at Iran’s main uranium enrichment site.
Iran, which typically blames Israel and the West for any act of terrorism inside its borders, vowed that the government would continue pursuing its nuclear ambitions, which it claims is only for peaceful purposes.
Officials in Israel also denied any culpability for the car bomb attack.
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