The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the long-time head of Iran’s nuclear and missile development programs, has set off a major debate on how country should respond. Top Islamic Republic officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have called for definitive punishment of those responsible. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Commander, General Qaani, vowed to take revenge. And the Iranian parliament ratified a new law obliging the government to restart Iran’s highly enriched uranium program and limit inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
But Iran’s reaction is unlikely to be kinetic.