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UN calls for restraint after killing of Iranian nuclear scientist

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Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is pictured during a meeting with the Iranian supreme leader in Tehran, on January 23, 2019. AFP

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The United Nations urged restraint Saturday after tensions rose in the Middle East with the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

Iran has blamed Israel for Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and vowed revenge.

“We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region,” a UN spokesman said. “We condemn any assassination or extrajudicial killing.”

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, dubbed by Israel as the “father” of Iran’s nuclear programme, died on Friday after being seriously wounded when assailants targeted his car and engaged in a gunfight with his bodyguards outside Tehran, according to Iran’s defence ministry.

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