Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Iran Boosts Security Measures for Scientists, Fars Reports

Iran Boosts Security Measures for Scientists, Fars Reports

By Ladane Nasseri - Jan 19, 2011

Iran increased the protection of its scientists following the assassination of two physicists in the past year, Fars reported, citing Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar.

Iranian scientists will be given tips on potential threats and will warned about “possible contacts by the enemy and foreign spy agencies,” Iranian vice-president for science and technology, Nasrin Soltankhah, said last week, according to the state-run news agency.

Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a professor of elementary particle physics, was killed by a bomb outside his Tehran home in January 2010. Majid Shahriari, a scientist involved in Iran’s nuclear program, died in a Tehran bombing Nov. 29. A second blast in the capital on the same day injured Fereydoun Abasi, a physicist who was linked to the nuclear program in a 2007 United Nations resolution imposing sanctions on Iran.

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