Parsi: Assassination to scuttle talks
A view of Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province. It is said to have 8,000 centrifuges in operation.
January 11th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

Parsi: Assassination to scuttle talks

Editor's Note: Trita Parsi is the author of the newly released book A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012).

By Trita Parsi – Special to CNN

Another Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated in Tehran and a familiar pattern is emerging: Weeks before a new round of talks, all sides escalate and provoke, mainly to improve their negotiating position at the upcoming talks.

The West has adopted new sanctions and is pressing for an oil embargo. The Iranians, in turn, has started enrichment at the Fordow facility and has warned it will close the Strait of Hormuz if the West proceeds with an oil embargo.

But there are also actors that escalate at times time not to strengthen their position at the talks, but to scuttle the talks. The attack on the British embassy in Tehran late last year was partly motivated by the desire of one political faction in Iran to undo the talks. Yesterday’s assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist was likely conducted by a regional actor who prefers a military confrontation with Iran over a compromise that would permit Iran to retain nuclear enrichment capabilities, even if it doesn’t build a bomb.

Indeed, in late November 2010, nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari was assassinated in an identical way as the killing of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan yesterday. That assassination took pace only seven weeks before a new round of scheduled talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Istanbul.

Yesterday’s assassination also precedes the next round of talks with a few weeks.

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  1. Onesmallvoice

    I wonder just which of the four countries are responsible for this cold blooded murder. Is it Great Britain, France, the U.S. or Israel? Or are these four countries working in concert? It's hard to tell these days. This needs to stop!!!

    January 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Marine5484

      That it does Onesmallvoice, that it does!

      January 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • fdsmith905

      WHY?

      January 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  2. ATTACK IRAN NOW

    if obama want to win the election 200% he must attack iran now and show the world that this dark evil empire can be stopped. thos evil thugs shiia of iran are helping the terrorists orginization hizboallah and syria thugs bashar al kalb and nori al maleki of iraq evil helping evil. iran has the weapon of mass destruction , sanction will be not good for those thugs,

    January 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Here goes another blood thirsty, mindless moron who has never seen military service let alone been in a war. When are people like these ever going to learn that there is no glory in killing people? People like these are truly sickening!!!

      January 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
      • SanityFirst

        Ditto

        January 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • glennrobert

      The problems you are talking about are not a threat to the US. We need to start controlling our own foreign policy!

      January 13, 2012 at 4:07 am | Reply
      • SanityFirst

        Ditto man

        January 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • SanityFirst

      I am not sure under which rock you crawled out, please do us all a favor and CRAWL back under it. Thank you "kindly".

      January 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  3. Hahahahahahahahaha

    Good. Then the assasinations will continue!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • SanityFirst

      Remember what goes around, come around. Careful what you wish for!

      January 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  4. j. von hettlingen

    No doubt we in the West puzzle over who the perpetrators are, especially when Iran is pointing its finger at us.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Yet ordinary Iranians are mainly preoccupied with the country's economy. Inflation is their biggest concern. This no doubt keeps the government more awake than the death of a scientist.

      January 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
      • SanityFirst

        According to International census their economy was not effected by the global meltdown we are in, they have gone from 35 million in 1979 not manufacturing ANYTHING (carpets only) in Iran, to close to 80 million population and they have industrialized. Inflation is definitely a drag on their economy (specially as of late) but to make this statement about them and how they cannot sleep and FORGETTING we're in a deeper hole does not make us feel better. BUT NICE SPIN!

        January 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  5. Sean B.

    So since no one has named them, let me tell you who did it- Israel's Mossad. I don't know why they aren't explicitly named in the article, maybe for fear of reprisal? Israel has an interest in removing Iran's nuclear capabilities forcibly, since they recognize like everyone else that Iran will never give up that program through diplomacy. It's unfortunately Israel that would bear the risk of a nuclear armed Iran, so they're just acting in their self interest.

    January 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  6. Toppolina

    Most definitely Israel. This is how they do it since the first time they did it and killed Lord Moyne in Egypt. Amazing how this is considered an act of heroism by them, but if an Iranian dared do it to one of theirs he will be considered a terrorists by them and the west alike. And so it goes

    January 12, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • Sean B.

      Good point, our side isn't always in the clear right like we love to imagine.

      January 12, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
      • SanityFirst

        It is good to see finally we the American Public are starting to wake up from our DEEP slumber, before we lose ALL CREDIBILITY in the world supporting a pariah state like the one in Israel. I just hope it isn't too late.

        January 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  7. Hahahahahahahahahaha

    How does one abbreviate the word "assassination"? Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • ram

      Booth.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
    • SanityFirst

      "How does one abbreviate the word "assassination"?" - I'll tell you how; hold your breath for 15 minutes it'll come to you! 🙂

      January 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  8. Quarant

    Remember, he was MURDERED – he didn't "die" or "get killed"........when some joker places a limpet mine on the door of your car and kills you.........that is murder.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • SanityFirst

      And soooo cowardly!

      January 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  9. glennrobert

    Where was our concern when Pakistan and India got the bomb. There is a war waiting to happen!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:12 am | Reply
  10. IRAN IS EVIL

    Shoot and kill those shiia Muslims thugs, why USA are cowered toward Iran, that's why we must elect the republican again, those dark evil empire of Iran must end they must be destroyed.
    UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy and all the NATO force must start attacking now before it is too late, we must attack 24 hours round the clock, all target , command and control, radars, soft targets, all boats and ships, all submarines, all the reactors, all the government building, dams, QUM, ayatollah house and compound, destroy those evil

    January 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • SanityFirst

      PLEASE TAKE YOUR MEDS! Sheesh!!

      January 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  11. ........hizboallah and shiia in iraq are the evil hands of iran

    Iran already assassin ,killed, murdered more than 9000 Iraqi scientists kurds, Sunnis and Christean top scientists in Iraq killed by Hezbollah, Mahdi militia , sadder army, asyeb ahl al haq, Hakeem and al qodos army,Bader army , all those are supported by Iran , Now Iran asking Iraqi shiia to send 1 billion dollars to Syria and more than 100,000 men to go to Syria and kill Sunnis, kurds and others ........

    January 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  12. Bob

    A 'regional actor', huh?

    Israel wants them in the stone age – they are the Nazis of the Mid East now.

    January 14, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
  13. Shawn Irwin

    Go to youtube, and search for "Leon Panetta" and Iran. You should be able to find two things of interest to you. 1. Leon Panetta admitting that he does not think that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. 2. Leon Panetta saying that the USA had nothing to do with the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists. What is so great about #2? Watch his body language . . . . he is lying like he**. While he is saying that the USA did not know anything about it, he is not shaking his head left and right, but noidding "yes". Besides that, which coutries have participated in more wars in the last 50 years, the USA and Israel or Iran?

    January 14, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
  14. Shuddhodhan

    kooshy,See my poerivus comment to Eric. I see no room whatever for any input from Israel regarding the proposed arrangements.

    February 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
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