이란 핵과학자, 원격통제무기에 의해 사망 VIDEO: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran scientist 'killed by remote-controlled weapon'

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran scientist 'killed by remote-controlled weapon'

Iran believes Israel and an exiled opposition group used a remote-control weapon to shoot dead top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on Friday.

Security chief Ali Shamkhani said the attackers had "used electronic equipment" when Fakhrizadeh's car was fired on east of the capital Tehran.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was buried in Tehran following his assassination on Friday


이란 핵과학자, 원격통제무기에 의해 사망

   이란은 이스라엘과 한 망명 반대 단체가 지난 금요일 사망한 책임자급 핵 과학자 모헨 파흐리자데를 죽이기 위해 원격조종 무기를 사용했을 것으로 믿고 있다.

알리 샴카니 보안부장은 파흐리자데의 차량이 수도 테헤란 동쪽에서 발사됐을 때 공격자들은 전자 장비를 사용했다고 말했다.

그는 비밀리에 핵무기 개발을 도운 혐의를 받고 있는 이스라엘 과학자의 장례식에서 연설하고 있었다.

이스라엘은 자신들의 개입 의혹에 대해 공개적으로 언급하지 않았다.

2000년대 초, 파흐리자데는 이란의 핵 프로그램에 결정적인 역할을 했지만, 정부는 이란의 핵 활동이 전적으로 평화적이라고 주장한다.

그것은 핵무기 개발을 막기 위한 서방측의 무력한 제재를 받아왔다.

그는 어떻게 죽었을까?

파흐리자데는 테헤란 동쪽에 있는 압사르 마을에서 총알이 난사돼 치명상을 입은 것으로 보인다.

이 공격 중 닛산 픽업 트럭의 폭탄도 폭발한 것으로 알려졌다.

소셜미디어에 올라온 사진에는 잔해와 피투성이가 된 도로와 총알이 난무하는 차량이 등장한다.

먼저 국방부는 파흐리자데의 경호원과 여러 명의 무장괴한들 사이의 총격전을 보고했다.

한 이란 보고서는 목격자들의 말을 인용해 "테러리스트라고 전해지는 3~4명이 사망했다"고 보도했다.

그 후 이란 언론은 이 과학자가 실제로 "원격 조종 기관총" 또는 "위성에 의해 조종되는" 무기에 의해 살해되었다고 말했다.

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Ki Chul Hwang Conpaper editor curator

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He was speaking at the funeral of the scientist Israel accused of secretly helping to develop nuclear weapons.

Israel has not publicly commented on the allegations of its involvement.

In the early 2000s, Fakhrizadeh played a crucial role in Iran's nuclear programme but the government insists its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful.

Map showing Absard and location of killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

It has been subjected to crippling Western sanctions aimed at preventing it from developing nuclear weapons.

How did the scientist die?

Iranian versions of what happened have changed significantly but it appears that Fakhrizadeh was mortally wounded when his car was sprayed with bullets in the town of Absard, to the east of Tehran.

During the attack a bomb in a Nissan pickup truck is also reported to have exploded.

Pictures on social media show a road strewn with wreckage and blood, and a bullet-riddled vehicle.

First the defence ministry reported a gunfight between Fakhrizadeh's bodyguards and several gunmen.

One Iranian report quoted witnesses as saying "three to four individuals, who are said to have been terrorists, were killed".

Then Iranian media said the scientist had in fact been killed by a "remote-controlled machine gun" or weapons "controlled by satellite".

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And on Monday, Rear Admiral Shamkhani, who heads the Supreme National Security Council, confirmed it had been a remote attack, using "special methods".

"It was a very complex mission using electronic equipment," he said at the funeral. "There was no-one present at the scene."

He said Iranian intelligence and security services had been aware of a plot to assassinate Fakhrizadeh, and had even predicted where the attack might take place.

On who was to blame, he singled out exiled Iranian opposition group the Mujahideen-e Khalq and Israel.

Who are the Mujahideen-e Khalq?

Israel's Intelligence Minister, Eli Cohen, said on Monday in an interview with a radio station that he did not know who was behind the killing.

However, an unnamed senior Israeli official involved in tracking Iranian nuclear activities was quoted by the New York Times as saying that "Iran's aspirations for nuclear weapons, promoted by Mr Fakhrizadeh, posed such a menace that the world should thank Israel".

Machine guns and other remotely controlled ground weapons are now widely used across the Middle East, according to a report by Forbes.


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They are employed both by professional armies, such as those mounted on combat vehicles, but also by militants who are known to have put them in vehicles or stationary posts.

Analysis box by Frank Gardner, security correspondent

Iran's conflicting versions of how its top nuclear scientist was ambushed and killed appear to contradict each other.

The initial account spoke of a dozen armed assailants opening fire on the scientist's convoy and exchanging shots with his bodyguards. The later version, involving both a remote-controlled vehicle and even more bizarrely, a remote-controlled gun, sounds less plausible, although not impossible.

The only way an assassination squad could make sure they had finished the job would be to have eyes on the target. If the earlier version were true then Iran's powerful security and intelligence establishment would face the embarrassing challenge of having to hunt down a large team of assassins just a short drive from the capital.

One thing is clear though: this has been a massive failure of counter-intelligence for Iran's security chiefs and some hard questions are now being asked.

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'Assassinated by satellite': Nuclear scientist 'killed with remote-controlled gun'