What’s behind the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh | The Hindu In Focus podcast

December 01, 2020 09:57 pm | Updated December 02, 2020 01:28 pm IST

The assassination last Friday of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has triggered the possibility of a new crisis in West Asia.

This latest development comes at a crucial time for Iran. There are hopes that Joe Biden, the incoming American President, would return to talks with Iran, ending months of “maximum pressure”, a policy adopted by the outgoing President Donald Trump, which took both countries to the brink of war after the killing of General Qasem Soleimani in January this year by the United States.

There are other powers in the middle east, notably Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have long seen Iran as a threat and would not welcome the U.S returning to talks or easing economic sanctions on Iran. So there are many possible motivations for this latest assassination and many factors at play.

Guest : Stanly Johny , International Affairs Editor, The Hindu .

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