The New York Times was accused of “hauling water to Iran” over the weekend for picking up on the nation’s rhetoric that “its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes” after the leader’s death of Tehran’s military nuclear program in a shootout.
State television cited sources on Friday confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, nicknamed the head of Tehran’s military nuclear program until its end in the early 2000s.
Iranian officials, who have always maintained that their nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes and not for weapons purposes, expressed their fury and vowed revenge for the assassination, calling it an act of terrorism and warmongering, “The New York Times World tweeted from its verified account accompanying an article titled” Gunmen Assassinate Leading Iranian Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Sparking New Crisis. ”
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Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark. – who caused chaos in the newspaper earlier this year when he wrote an op-ed that offended liberals – slammed the Times Propaganda.
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“What was once the self-proclaimed benchmark newspaper is now a well-funded left-wing blog, tirelessly hostile to America and Israel, and always ready to spread propaganda for their enemies,” Cotton wrote.
Journalist Shiri Moshe addedIranian officials also argue that their regime is not subjugating women or slaughtering political dissidents – will the NYT also highlight these lies in their coverage? ”
Many others condemned The Times for the tweet:
Fakhrizadeh led Iran’s so-called “Amad” or “Hope” program, which Israel and the West have described as a military operation to build a nuclear weapon. The United Nations atomic agency said the program ended in the early 2000s.
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Fakhrizadeh’s death will be another blow to the regime in Tehran, which has struggled amid “maximum pressure” from the Trump administration and has seen the United States exit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and impose waves sanctions against the Islamic dictatorship.
In January, the United States eliminated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a strike in what the Trump administration described as an act of self-defense against an “imminent” attack.
Adam Shaw of The Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this report