The US intelligence community believes Israel was involved in the murder of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, citing sources in the US intelligence services.

“One American official, as well as two other intelligence officials, claim that Israel is behind the attack on the scientist,” the newspaper writes.

At the same time, according to the NYT, it is unknown whether the States were aware of the planned operation carried out by unknown people. Simultaneously, the article emphasizes that Israel and the United States are “closest allies and have been exchanging intelligence on Iran for a long time.”

The White House and the CIA declined to comment on this information.

The day before, the Iranian Defense Ministry confirmed that nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of the research organization at the Military Department, was killed in the explosion and subsequent shelling of his car.

According to the Iranian media, on the eve of the day, Fakhrizadeh was moving along one of the squares in the village of Absurd in Tehran’s province. As a result of the incident, one of the scientist’s guards was injured four times. Fakhrizadeh was taken to the hospital by helicopter but could not be saved.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif strongly condemned Fakhrizadeh’s murder. He pointed to evidence of Israel’s involvement in the incident. He called on the international community, especially the EU, to stop the double standards policy and condemn the act of “state terrorism.”