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Iran vows to ramp up its nuclear program after death of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

A top Iranian security official has accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to remotely kill a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the 2000s.

Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani made the comments on Iranian state television on Monday at the funeral for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Iran’s defence minister separately vowed to continue the man’s nuclear work “with more speed and more power”.

Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the last decade, has declined to comment on the attack.

Nuclear program

Fakhrizadeh headed Iran’s so-called AMAD program, which Israel and the West have alleged was a military operation looking at the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says that “structured program” ended in 2003.

Iran has held a funeral for its slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the city of Mashhad. Credit: EPA

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