Iran called on the United States on Tuesday to extradite members of a "terrorist group" which the Islamic Republic has linked to this month's killing of a university scientist in Tehran.
On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast named the group as Tondar (Thunder), without giving details. He said the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. interests in Iran, had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
"Regarding the assassination which was claimed by Tondar, we asked the Swiss embassy for an explanation on how the U.S. accepted to have this terrorist group in their country," he told a weekly press briefing.
"They should be answerable about this and we want the criminals to be extradited to Iran," Mehmanparast said, without naming whom Tehran was seeking.
Iranian officials have described the slain professor as a nuclear scientist but a spokesman said he did not work for the Atomic Energy Organisation at the centre of the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy programme.
Iranian officials have blamed both Israel and the United States for the Jan. 12 bomb attack that killed professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi. Washington has denied the charge of U.S. involvement.
Some Iranian media have also reported that a Western-based pro-monarchy group claimed responsibility for the attack.
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