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Iranian scientists targeted in car bombings

The SESAME project is based in Jordan, under the auspices of the United Nations. It includes scientists from several Middle Eastern countries. The involvement of both Iran and Israel makes the project unusual, because Israel is not recognized by Iran and has no ties to the Islamic Republic. Palestinian scientists also participate.

Iranian and foreign scientists say the project has applications in industry, medicine, nanotechnology and other fields unrelated to nuclear power.

In January, another scientist involved in the SESAME project, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, was killed in Tehran when a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded in front of his house.

At the time, many thought Ali-Mohammadi had been supporting the opposition. Government officials accused the United States and Israel of being behind the attack.

Fars, which has close ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that foreign "enemies" were involved in Monday's attacks, a charge that Ahmadinejad echoed hours later.

"The enemies of the Iranian nation, who have lost hope in their pressure and sanctions projects, have once again, on the eve of negotiations with Iran, resorted to blind terrorist attacks so that they can advance their illegitimate and oppressive demands against the Iranian nation at the negotiating table," the agency wrote.

Iranian officials are to meet Sunday with representatives of other nations for talks on nuclear issues and other topics.

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