Lebanon Urges Self-Restraint After Iranian Scientist Assassination

BEIRUT (Reuters) -

Lebanon on Monday called for self-restraint following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, to avoid a slide towards the “worst scenario.”

Lebanon, which is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group, condemned the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday in an ambush near Tehran.

Iran has blamed Israel.

In a statement, the Lebanese foreign ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide towards the worst scenario in the region.”

Hezbollah, which was founded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982 and exercises major influence in Lebanon, has said the response for the assassination is in Iran’s hands.

Iran’s supreme leader promised over the weekend to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.