A spokesman for the UN secretary general as well as the Turkish Foreign Ministry have separately condemned the Friday assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
“Of course we condemn any assassination or extra-judicial killing,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region,” he added.
His comments came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized those who “hide behind calls for restraint”, while refusing to stand against terrorism.
Earlier, Guterres had stressed the importance of restraint to prevent an escalation of regional tensions after the assassination of Fakhrizadeh by suspected Israel-tied terrorists near the capital Tehran.
“We have noted the reports that an Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated near Tehran today. We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region,” Guterres’ spokesman Farhan Haq said on Friday.