The Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, condemned the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, and called for the perpetrators and those involved in the operation to be punished, while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel of being behind the assassination, and said that the Iranian response will be in a timely manner, indicating that Israel is planning through the assassination of Fakhrizadeh to provoke Discord in the region, he said.
On the other hand, Israeli Channel 12 said that Israel had declared a state of heightened alert in its embassies around the world after Iranian threats of retaliation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist as a cowardly terrorist crime and a clear violation of international laws and norms.
Zarif said in his tweet in Chinese on Twitter that his country calls on the international community to condemn this terrorist act, which is considered state terrorism, and to confront these adventures that seek to stir up tension in the region, as he put it.
He added that his country is in the front row to confront terrorism, and the international community must assume its responsibility to confront these crimes that contradict human and moral values, as he put it.
For his part, a spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Authority, Behrouz Kamalondi, said that indications are that Israel is behind the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and the targeting of the Natanz nuclear facility last July.
The commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Ismail Qaani, said that his country would respond to the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Major General Qaani added that revenge for Fakhrizadeh’s blood will be with the solidarity of the Iranian forces in all their formations, indicating during statements he made in this regard that the countries of arrogance and the Zionist entity and the countries that established terrorist groups stand behind the operation, as he put it.
Qaani emphasized that the assassination of Fakhrizadeh would not affect the course of Iran’s achievements in the scientific fields, and that Fakhrizadeh’s career would continue.
In the latest reaction to the assassination, Turkey condemned what it described as the “heinous assassination” of the most senior Iranian nuclear scientist, and called for those involved in his assassination to be brought to justice.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry urged “all parties to show responsibility and restraint,” following the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whom Western and Israeli governments believe is the architect of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Earlier in the day, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei vowed to avenge the killing of Fakhrizadeh, raising the risk of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of US President Donald Trump’s term.
As for the European Union, it considered the assassination of Fakhrizadeh a criminal act inconsistent with the principle of respecting human rights.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called on all parties to remain calm and avoid escalation, which would not be in anyone’s interest.
Germany urged all parties to exercise restraint after the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and to avoid escalating tensions that could derail any talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
A German Foreign Ministry spokesman said that a few weeks before the new US administration takes office, it is necessary to preserve the space for talking with Iran in order to allow the dispute over the Iranian nuclear program to be settled through negotiation.
And in the United States; John Gramendy, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, expressed his concern about the escalation with Iran, and its response after the assassination of the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
In an interview with Fox News, Gramendy said that this escalation will make it difficult for President-elect Joe Biden to reach an agreement on the nuclear program.
For its part, the United Nations and Germany called for restraint and calm after the assassination. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, urged restraint and avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tension in the region after the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist.
At the regional level, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Miqdad accused Israel and “those who support it” of being behind the killing of the largest Iranian nuclear scientist, stressing that it would only lead to an increase in tension in the region.
The Lebanese Hezbollah condemned the assassination of the Iranian scientist, and believed in a statement that the assassination comes in the context of “preventing the Islamic Republic from obtaining the resources of pride and power, and preserving its scientific progress and political and intellectual independence.”
On Friday, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Islamic Jihad condemned the assassination of Fakhri Zadeh, and Jihad said it was a “sinful terrorist attack” and “bears clear Zionist and American fingerprints.”
Hamas believed that the goal of assassinating the Iranian scientist was “to keep the tools of scientific progress and power in the hands of the Zionist occupation and its expansionist settlement project.”
Today, the Houthi political bureau condemned the killing of the Iranian scientist, stressing Tehran’s right to respond to “anyone who masterminded and carried out the crime.”