Iran’s Minister of Defense has said that there is serious evidence allegedly pointing to the “direct involvement” of Israel in the November 2020 assassination of leading Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

According to local reports, Brigadier-General Amir Hatami addressed in a letter to fellow defense ministers in more than 60 countries on Thursday, highlighting that Dr Fakhrizadeh, Deputy Minister of Defense and Head of the Research and Innovation Organization of the Ministry of Defense of Iran, saying that Iran had been yet been another victim in the ‘targeted killings’ of Iranian scientists  by Israel’s espionage services.

Hatami also warned that Iran reserves the right to retaliate to the assassination, as he deplored the ‘muted’ global response to “this inhuman, illegitimate and criminal act”.

He also voiced the opinion that further silence regarding the assassination would only serve to fuel global insecurity.

Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a small city east of Tehran on November, 27 2020.