Twin blasts in Iran's
capital killed a top nuclear scientist and wounded another Monday, with Tehran
swiftly blaming the CIA
for the attacks apparently carried out by men on motorcycles.
Slain scientist Majid Shahriari
and Fereydoon Abbasi Davani,
who survived the attack, were senior figures in Iran's nuclear programme
Iranian leaders accused the US and Israeli intelligence services, the CIA
of killing the two who were also professors at Tehran's
prestigious Shahid Beheshti University.
"One can undoubtedly see the hands of Israel
and Western governments in the assassination which unfortunately took place," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
told a news conference.
Salehi warned Iran's enemies they were "playing with fire."
The latest attacks came a day after the top US military officer said the United States
was weighing military options in the face of Tehran's
announcement it had an atomic power plant up and running.
"We've actually been thinking about military options for a significant period of time," Admiral Mike Mullen,
chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff said in an interview with CNN.
Mullen said he doesn't believe that Iran's nuclear plant is for civilian use "for a second."