0824 GMT January 23, 2021
A number of Iranian actors and filmmakers expressed, in a statement, their condolences over the martyrdom of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, saying they are proud of the prominent figure.
They include Parviz Parastuei (actor), Ebrahim Hatamikia (director), Kamal Tabrizi (director), Majid Majidi (director), Homayoun As’adian (director), Manouchehr Mohammadi (film producer), Manouchehr Shahsavari (film producer), Maziar Miri (filmmaker), Reza Mirkarimi (director and writer), Narges Abyar (film director), Fereshteh Taerpour (film producer), Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour (director), Kamran Maleki (director and actor), Rasoul Sadr Ameli (director), Atila Pesyani (actor and director) and Mehdi Fakhimzadeh (director and actor), according to Mehr News Agency.
In the statement, they described Fakhrizadeh’s assassination as a cowardly act of terror and thanked him for his lifelong scientific efforts to increase Iran’s power.
Fakhrizadeh was a professor of physics at Imam Hussein University and headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), according to Press TV.
He was assassinated on Friday in a terrorist attack that also involved a car bombing while traveling near Absard city in Tehran Province’s eastern county of Damavand.
On Saturday, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi offered his condolences over the tragic event, saying Fakhrizadeh’s martyrdom was a horrible incident and a clear sign of the incapability of the enemies of the Islamic Republic.
The minister added once again, the criminal and cowardly hands of terrorism targeted one of the Islamic Republic’s worthy managers and scientists.
He added Fakhrizadeh had spent several years of his life on empowering and improving Iran in the fields of defense, science and technology.
His martyrdom was a horrible incident and a clear sign of the incapability of the enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the face of the scientific advances and greatness of the resistant people of the country, said the minister.
He gave the assurance that no doubt, Iranian security and intelligent forces will give an appropriate, reciprocal and timely response to the enemies’ unwise move.
Also on Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on Iranian experts to preserve the assassinated nuclear scientist’s scientific and technical legacy, and ordered the punishment of his assassins, Press TV wrote.
“One of our country’s eminent scientists in the nuclear and defense fields has been martyred by brutal mercenaries. With his great, enduring scientific efforts, he sacrificed his life on the path of God and the lofty status of martyrdom is his divine reward,” the Leader said in a message.
Ayatollah Khamenei added, “All relevant administrators must seriously place two crucial matters on their agendas: First, to investigate this crime and firmly prosecute its perpetrators and its commanders, second, to continue the martyr’s scientific and technological efforts in all the sectors where he was active.”
Expressing sorrow over the tragic event on Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of a plot hatched by Israel to incite chaos in the region, vowing that Tehran will, at the proper time, respond to the assassination of its prominent nuclear scientist.
“Our people are wiser than to fall in the trap of the Zionists’ conspiracy. They are thinking of creating chaos and unrest, but they should know that we have already read their hands and that they will not succeed in achieving their evil objectives,” he told a cabinet meeting.