Iran has given an official funeral to its nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, murdered in Tehran on Wednesday when a bomb was attached to his car.
Crowds blamed America and Israel for his killing, and many Iranians believe death squads are trying to slow down Iran’s nuclear programme by killing off its scientists.
Roshan was an expert chemist and director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in the capital. In the meantime Iran has said it is ready to let UN inspectors back in and talk.
“Regarding the 5+1 talks, we have previously expressed Iran’s readiness to hold talks in order to resolve the nuclear issue,” said Iran’s parliament speaker, Ali Larijani.
The offer to talk after over one year’s silence comes as Iran faced a raised threat against its 2.5 million barrels a day oil exports. With support for sanctions growing, Iran’s main source of income may dwindle.
While major clients like Turkey, Russia, China and India are already insisting they will not support an oil embargo, loss of revenue from others may be hard to make up, and may sharpen the Iranian government’s domestic problems.