Former CIA Director John Brennan had harsh words following reports that Iran scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near Tehran.
Trump raised alarm retweeting a Twitter post calling the assassination a "major psychological and professional blow" to Iran:
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran according to reports in Iran. He was head of I… https://t.co/DR34Brua2h— Yossi Melman (@Yossi Melman)1606484992.0
Brennan retweeted an Associated Press story on the subject and added his analysis.
"This was a criminal act and highly reckless," Brennan charged. "It risks lethal retaliation and a new round of regional conflict."
He urged Iran to remember that President-elect Joe Biden will take office in January.
"Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage and to resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits," he counseled.
"I do not know whether a foreign government authorized or carried out...the murder of Fakhrizadeh. Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law and encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials," Brennan warned.
This was a criminal act & highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict. Iranian… https://t.co/BC61PV1owV— John O. Brennan (@John O. Brennan)1606504078.0