UN calls for restraint after killing of Iranian nuclear scientist

Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed close to the Damavand campus of Islamic Azad University, about 60km east of central Teheran.
Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed close to the Damavand campus of Islamic Azad University, about 60km east of central Teheran.PHOTO: EPA-EFE, REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The United Nations urged restraint Saturday (Nov 28) after tensions rose in the Middle East with the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

Iran has blamed Israel for Friday's killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and vowed revenge.

"We urge restraint and the need to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of tensions in the region," a UN spokesman said.

"We condemn any assassination or extrajudicial killing."