Iran Admits Assassinated Scientist Was Nuke Expert

Foreign officials claim Dariush Rezaeinejad participated in developing high-voltage switches, a key component crucial for setting off explosions needed to trigger nuclear warhead.

Officials have told The Associated Press that a man shot dead in Tehran last weekend was a scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons and not a student as officially claimed.

The man, who was killed last Saturday, was initially identified by state-run media as Darioush Rezaei, a physics professor and expert in neutron transport. The media then backtracked, with officials subsequently naming him as Dariush Rezaeinejad, an electronics student.

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.Reuters

Foreign officials contacted by the Associated Press have verified the name, but say that Rezaeinedjad participated in developing high-voltage switches, a key component that is crucial to setting off the explosions needed to trigger a nuclear warhead.