Two car bomb blasts killed one Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another in Tehran.
“”” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has accused Israel and Western governments of being behind the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist.

Assailants on motorcycles attached bombs to the cars of two nuclear scientists as they were driving to work in Tehran on Monday, killing one and wounding the other, Iranian officials say.

Ahmadinejad said that “undoubtedly the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments is involved” in the killing. But he said the assassination won’t stop Iran from pursuing its nuclear programs.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief, said the man killed was involved in a major project at the country’s chief nuclear agency, though he did not give specifics.

Some Iranian media reported that the wounded scientist was a laser expert at Iran’s defence ministry and one of the country’s few top specialists in nuclear isotope separation. State TV blamed Israel and the US for the attacks. (…)
Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad, said the US government had orchestrated the release of thousands of US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks to pursue its “political goals”.

According to the cables released on Sunday, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders repeatedly urged the US to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program.

“We don’t give any value to these documents,” Ahmadinejad told a news conference in Tehran, Iran’s capital. It’s without legal value. Iran and regional states are friends. Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations,” Ahmadinejad said.

“These documents are prepared and released by the US government in a planned manner and in pursuance of an aim. It is part of intelligence warfare and will not have their desired political impact,” he said.

Despite countries calling for a political resolution to the controversy over Iran’s uranium enrichment project, the cables show that in addition to Riyadh, both Manama and Abu Dhabi suggested a radical solution may be necessary.

Saudi Arabia also offered to promote energy ties with China if the Chinese government backed sanctions against Iran, according to one of the diplomatic cables, the New York Times reported.(…) “”” [Al Jazeera]

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