Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei strongly hits back over assassination of top nuclear scientist in Tehran

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Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei strongly hits back over assassination of top nuclear scientist in Tehran

DUBAI – Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top nuclear scientist, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to continue the work of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who Western and Israeli governments believe was the architect of a secret Iranian programme to make weapons.

Friday’s killing, which Iran’s president was swift to blame on Israel, could complicate any efforts by President-elect Joe Biden to revive a detente with Tehran that was forged when he was in Barack Obama’s administration.

Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 international nuclear pact agreed between Tehran and major powers.