Iran blasts ex-Mossad chief for ‘threatening our nuclear scientists’


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Iran blasts ex-Mossad chief for ‘threatening our nuclear scientists’
Iranian mission to the UN accuses Yossi Cohen of ‘lawlessness’ after TV interview in which he detailed Israeli efforts against Tehran’s nuclear program
By AP and TOI staff
12 June 2021

Iran on Saturday lashed out at recently retired Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, after the former spymaster gave a television interview detailing the Israeli intelligence agency’s activity against Iran. Shahrokh Nazemi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, told The Associated Press that Cohen’s comments reflected a long-running pattern of “criminal” sabotage against Tehran that includes the Stuxnet computer virus attack on the Natanz uranium enrichment facility over a decade ago.

“This lawlessness has reached a point when the former official of this regime is shamelessly and blatantly threatening our nuclear scientists with death,” Nazemi said. “This madness must not be tolerated.” Iran has repeatedly complained about Israel’s attacks, with Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi warning as recently as Thursday that the incidents “not only will be responded to decisively, but also certainly leave no option for Iran but to reconsider its transparency measures and cooperation policy.”