Father of assassinated nuclear scientist unhappy with nuclear deal


Father of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, who was killed in a January 2012 car explosion along with his driver in north Tehran, has expressed his unhappiness about the nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1). He believes that the efforts of his son and his former colleagues are left in a precarious state as reports emerge of some scientists being re-assigned. He added that any future or permanent deal should include finding the culprits behind his son’s assassination.

Haj Rahim Ahmadi-Roshan, the father, does not hold any official position with the Islamic Republic or the country’s nuclear program, but his interview was published by many hard-line websites, some of which are connected to the security establishment and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, indicating they are sympathetic to his concerns and criticisms. Raja News appended to the interview reports of “widespread human-resources changes at the nuclear facilities” and of many scientists active for years being removed or pushed to the margins.

“In the nuclear negotiations, the dignity of the great Islamic Republic of Iran must be protected and at the same time, the martyrs and their achievements must be guarded so that in the negotiations, harm is not done to their efforts,” said Haj Rahim, adding, “In the negotiations, the horizon of thought of our martyrs has to be taken into consideration so that the efforts of our children are not trampled. God willing, this will not happen.”

In regard to the next steps of the negotiations, Haj Rahim requested that the agents behind his son’s assassination not be let off the hook or forgotten.

“Just like the domestic agents who assassinated our martyrs were arrested … the negotiation team must also pursue the foreign agents, which are the Zionist regime and America.”

He continued, “I want to ask the president that why it is that the people who worked with Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan and moved the nuclear program to this level have to be treated like this, and [why the scientists who] used to work with love in their profession have to be removed from their work?”

He added that all of that work of Ahamdi-Roshan and his colleagues is being ignored and that there is “no moderation” to removing this many skilled and valuable people from thier work, using the term that President Hassan Rouhani used as his mantra. Haj Rahim continued, “In appearances, the families of the martyrs are appreciated, but the principle should be that the blood of the martyrs should be appreciated and it should not be verbal, but shown in action.”

The families of Iran’s assassinated nuclear scientist are held in high esteem by government officials and have been presented on television and news conferences for specific events. The car Ahmadi-Roshan was killed in by a magnetic bomb has been preserved and displayed for news conferences and other events.

Most reports suggest there have been up to five assassinations so far of individuals believed to be connected to Iran’s nuclear program. The day after the nuclear agreement was signed, Rouhani met with the families of the assassinated scientists and praised the sacrifices of Iran’s “nuclear martyrs.” According to the Iranian media, Haj Rahim refused to meet with the president after the deal was made.