Clinton Denies US Role in Iranian Scientist Death

January 11, 2012 Updated: January 12, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the United States had no role in the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist.

Clinton “categorically denied any U.S. involvement” in the killing of scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency said Roshan was “killed in a terrorist bomb blast” in Tehran. A magnetic bomb that was placed underneath his car went off, causing his death and injuring two others.

The news agency reported that the bomb was planted underneath the car by an unknown assailant on a motorcycle.

Several state-run and semi-official news agencies inside the Islamic Republic cited officials in saying that Israel was likely to blame for the attack.

Following recent statements made by top Iranian military officials on closing off the Persian Gulf, Clinton said they were “provocative and dangerous,” adding that it is “part of the lifeline that keeps oil and gas moving around the world,” according to AP.