Iran Vows Revenge Against Israel, US and UK

Enraged Iranian officials are vowing retaliation against Israel, the US and the UK over the latest assassination of a nuclear scientist, 32-year-old Mustafa Ahmadi Roshan, in Tehran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

A former Iranian ambassador who served in Mexico and Italy recommended that an American being held in Tehran be executed in retaliation for the assassination. “The terrorist attack on the scientist must not be left unanswered and therefore it is advisable to immediately execute [the suspected CIA spy [Amir Mirzai Hekmati] at the site of the explosion,” recommended former Ambassador Mohamed Hassan Qadiri in a post on his blog.

He added that had Iran not released two Americans in September 2011 who were also charged with espionage, they too could have been executed.

Hekmati, an American of Iranian descent, had been arrested by Iranian intelligence personnel who claimed he was spying for the CIA. His father, a professor in Michigan, told reporters that the ex-Marine was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was picked up by Iranian security forces.

Iran’s Press TV quoted armed forces chief Brig.-Gen. Massoud Jazayeri on Sunday as saying, “The opponents of the [Islamic] Revolution and the nation’s progress should have no doubt that the punitive response to the U.S., the Zionist regime and their criminal accomplices will be delivered in an opportune time.”

Jazayeri expressed particular anger at the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which he said had endangered Iranian nuclear scientists by releasing their names to the public where they could be found by “supporters of state terrorism.”

The UK said Sunday, meanwhile, that it will continue to support European Union sanctions against Iran. “We have never ruled anything out,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Sky News television. “We have not ruled out any option, or supported any option. We believe all options should be on the table – that is part of the pressure on Iran. But we are clearly not calling for, or advocating, military action,” he said.

Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon, meanwhile, noted with some disappointment that 2012 presidential election year considerations appeared to be guiding the decisions of the White House vis a vis Iran.

France and Britain “are taking a very firm stand and understand that sanctions must be imposed immediately,” Ya’alon pointed out. But U.S. President Barack Obama left loopholes in the measures he signed on December 31 imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s central bank and oil export.

Iran has been playing chicken with the United States and Western nations through military drills that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said will culminate in an exercise designed to “tune up” Iran’s military capability to close the Strait of Hormuz at a moment’s notice. The waterway is the sole shipping lane for some 40 percent of the Western world’s oil supplies.

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  1. To the author of “Iran Vows Revenge Against Israel, US and UK” and,

    I wanted to express how interesting and particularly relevant I found your January 16, 2012 post to be. I really enjoyed how you placed the story of Amir Hekmati, the imprisoned and alleged ex-Marine and espionage from Arizona, in context with the death of nuclear scientist Mustafa Ahmadi Roshan and hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal (who were hikers released in September 11, 2009 by the Iranian government).

    What rang especially true for me is what you stress as the underlying issue is “Iran’s military capability to close the Strait of Hormuz”. This strait is narrow, sits between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and is responsible for important nearly 40 percent of the Western hemisphere’s oil supplies. I found that in researching this story that many stories neglected to place this issue in a bigger, worldly context, as you did so eloquently. This fact emphasizes how sensitive this issue with Hekmati really is. Many might criticize the Obama administration is not doing enough to bring this alleged innocent American home, but with so much at stake, maybe it is best to negotiate through the Swiss government until tensions ease between Iran and the United States.

    Last month, Hekmati was visited by his mother, who also met with Iran officials. Many spectators perceived this as a symbol of hope and even possibly leniency.

    I wanted to share with you a video about Hekmati that could really give an updated glance on the story for your blog readers. I hope you enjoy it, as I included the link below.

    “U.S. Ex-Marine to be Retried by Iran”

    I hope you will embed this video into your blog and maybe in the future, we could swap blog roll links and widgets.

    The clip does a great job of concisely sourcing and compiling news reports to emphasize the scope and context the content being reported on. Newsy synthesizes and analyzes news into neutral comprehensive video clips showing a variety of opinions on the story.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to working with you in the future,

    Lyndsey Garza
    Community for Newsy
    Twitter: @newsyvideos

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