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7 Feb, 2012 06:43

Iranian scientists afraid to leave their homes

Iran's Foreign Minister says Tehran wants the assassinations of its scientists to receive official international recognition. Iran also wants external legal cooperation in investigating the deaths of its nuclear experts.

Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran had lodged complaints with a number of international organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN, and the Islamic Cooperation Organization."We are seeking to make allowances for the prosecution of those who take such evil and mischievous actions… through the revision of some international conventions," the Iranian foreign minister added according to Mehr news agency.Vijay Prashad, director of International Studies at Trinity College, says scientists in Iran are now simply afraid to leave their homes.“Very few people are talking about the assassinations of Iranian scientists. This is striking, because the UN did release a very tepid statement, the non-aligned movement has released the statement condemning the assassination of scientists, but there’s no word from the Atlantic powers condemning this act of terrorism in the streets of Tehran,” he told RT.“According to my sources, scientists in Iran are now fearful of going outside, conducting the everyday business. After all, one of the scientists was shot sitting in his car, waiting to pick up his daughter from a daycare center. That means ordinary activities have become terrifying,” Vijay Prashad explained.