“The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was reckless, provocative, and illegal,” Sanders said in a tweet on Saturday.
“As a new administration takes power, it was clearly intended to undermine US-Iran diplomacy,” the top Senator added.
“We must not allow that to happen. Diplomacy, not murder, is the best path forward.”
The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was reckless, provocative, and illegal. As a new administration takes power, it was clearly intended to undermine U.S.-Iran diplomacy. We must not allow that to happen.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 28, 2020
Diplomacy, not murder, is the best path forward. https://t.co/BzOhNmwSGv
However, US President Donald Trump’s former hawkish national security advisor John Bolton defended the assassination, and claimed that the “threat” of Iran developing a nuclear weapon fully justifies the “pre-emptive attack”.
Earlier in the day, a senior US official told the Washington Post that the United States had nothing to do with the scientist’s killing and believes Iran has been told that.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter, said there was little doubt Israel was behind the attack.