More than 1,000 university students in Iran have applied to change their respective majors to the major of nuclear sciences following the turmoil surrounding the homicide of an Iranian nuclear scientist at the hands of two unknown terrorists.
According to the Tehran Times, these students have “applied to study nuclear physics and nuclear engineering” in a show of solidarity and protest of the assassination of the scientist who was coincidentally part of the alumni of Sharif University, where many of these students are currently studying at.
The scientist killed, 32 year old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, was the fourth such individual to be assassinated in the past two years.
Roshan, who was also a chemistry engineer, university professor and deputy director of a uranium enrichment facility, was killed on the 11th of January after a magnetic bomb was put under his car by two individuals who used a motorcycle as a get-away vehicle.
His driver was grievously injured and later died due to his wounds in a nearby hospital.
Of course speculation and blames were quickly created after the assassination. Was it the Iranian government itself? Preposterous! shouted Iranian officials. The Israeli government? Perhaps! The U.S. government? Even more likely!
The U.S. government denies any connection to the assassination and also condemned the murder as inhumane and extremely tragic.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government coldly brushed off accusations and maintained that it did not have anything to do with the murder while also noting that it will not “shed a tear” for the victims at the same time.
The murder came at an incredibly tense and bad time for Iran, the U.S., Israel and other countries. The recent round of U.S.-led international sanctions have damaged the Iranian economy and currency angering the government.
The whole dispute is centered around Iran’s nuclear program which the government claims is for civilian purposes such as nuclear energy and not for the development of nuclear weapons as alleged by the West and its allies.
The standoff between Iran and a large chunk of the world was further made worse by Iran’s and the West’s militaristic posturing over the vital oil route through the Strait of Hormuz which Iran threatened to blockade should the sanctions remain in effect.