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In a stunning blow to Ron Pauls foreign policy, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a Iranian Nuclear scientist was killed by a magnetic car bomb

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Obama administration is denying any role in the killing of an Iranian
university professor working at a key nuclear facility. White House
spokesman Tommy Vietor said the U.S. "had absolutely nothing to do" with
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's death and the U.S. condemns "all acts of
violence, including acts of violence like what is being reported today."



Published at 9:46 am ET: Two assailants on a
motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university
professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding
two people on Wednesday, a semiofficial news agency reported.
The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program.


It is certain to reinforce authorities' claims of widening
clandestine operations by Western powers and allies to try to cripple
nuclear advancements.
The bomb killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and a
director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, the
semiofficial Fars news agency reported.
Natanz is Iran's main enrichment site, but officials claimed earlier
this week that they are expanding some operations to an underground site
south of Tehran with more advanced equipment.Witnesses told Reuters they had seen two people on the motorcycle fix a bomb to the car.


"The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used
for the assassination of the scientists, and is the work of the
(Israelis)," Fars quoted Tehran's Deputy Governor Safarali Baratloo as
saying. "The terrorist attack is a conspiracy to undermine the (March 2)
parliamentary elections."
'Our path is irreversible'

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said the country's
nuclear path would not change despite the killing, which it branded a
"heinous act".
"Our path is irreversible," Arabic language al-Alam TV quoted an agency statement as saying.


The U.S. and its allies are pressuring Iran to halt uranium
enrichment, a key element of the nuclear program that the West suspects
is aimed at producing atomic weapons. Uranium enriched to low levels can
be used as nuclear fuel but at higher levels, it can be used as
material for a nuclear warhead. Iran denies it is trying to make nuclear
weapons.




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Tehran has accused Israel's Mossad, the CIA and Britain's spy agency
of engaging in an underground "terrorism" campaign against
nuclear-related targets, including at least three slayings since early
2010 and the release of a malicious computer virus known at Stuxnet in
2010 that temporarily disrupted controls of some centrifuges — a key
component in nuclear fuel production. All three countries have denied
the Iranian accusations.
But Israeli officials have hinted about covert campaigns against Iran without directly admitting involvement.


On Tuesday, Israeli military chief Lt. Gen Benny Gantz was quoted as
telling a parliamentary panel that 2012 would be a "critical year" for
Iran — in part because of "things that happen to it unnaturally."
Roshan, 32, was inside the Iranian-assembled Peugeot 405 car together
with two others when the bomb exploded in north Tehran, Fars reported.
Roshan was a graduate of the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.






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Roshan was involved in building polymeric layers for gas separation,
which is the use of various membranes to isolate gases. He was also
deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, in central Iran,
for commercial affairs. According to conservative news website,
mashreghnews.ir, Roshan was in charge of purchasing and supplying
equipment for the Natanz enrichment facility.
A similar bomb explosion on Jan. 12, 2010, killed Tehran University
professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a senior physics professor. He was
killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded near his car as he was
about to leave for work.
In November 2010, a pair of back-to-back bomb attacks in different
parts of the capital killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another.
High-voltage switches

The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the
nuclear engineering faculty at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and
cooperated with the Atomic Energy

And in July 2011, motorcycle-riding gunmen killed Darioush
Rezaeinejad, an electronics student. Other reports identified him as a
scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear
weapons.
Rezaeinejad allegedly participated in developing high-voltage
switches, a key component in setting off the explosions needed to
trigger a nuclear warhead.


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