Iran blasts Israeli 'lawlessness' after provocative former Mossad chief's interview

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Yossi Cohen, then-head of the Israeli Mossad agency, in Herzilya Pituah, Israel, on July 3, 2017.
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'Lawlessness is at a point when former official is shamelessly threatening our nuclear scientists with death'

An Iranian official hit out at "lawless" conduct by Israel after the outgoing chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service hinted at Israeli involvement in the destruction of Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz and the assassination of several nuclear scientists.

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“This lawlessness has reached a point when the former official of this regime is shamelessly and blatantly threatening our nuclear scientists with death,” Shahrokh Nazemi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, told The Associated Press

“This madness must not be tolerated,” he added, saying that Cohen's comments reflect Israel's long-standing strategy of "criminal sabotage." 

In an interview aired Thursday on Israel’s Channel 12 investigative program “Uvda," Cohen discussed the November 2020 killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist who began Tehran’s military nuclear program decades ago, while warning that other Iranian scientists involved in the country's nuclear program could also become the target of assassinations.

“If the scientist is willing to change career and will not hurt us anymore, than yes, sometimes we offer them” a way out, Cohen said. 

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