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Iran summons Argentine diplomat over Jewish center explosion

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Argentina’s top diplomat on Tuesday to complain about Argentine media reports that implicated Iran in the blowing up of a Jewish center in 1994, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The agency said the ministry condemned the reports as “baseless allegations.” The agency did not identify the Argentine charge d’affaires. The Argentine Embassy in Tehran did not return telephone calls on Tuesday. La Nacion, a prominent Argentine daily, reported over the weekend that two Argentine prosecutors were seeking to question the former Iranian ambassador to Argentina and 21 other people, including high-ranking diplomats, who worked at the embassy at the time of the bombing. Eighty-five people were killed in the explosion at the Jewish center in Buenos Aires. The newspaper said government officials were worried the request, now being considered by an Argentine judge, could anger the Iranian government. Officials at the Argentine intelligence service have long implicated the Tehran government in the 1994 attack, along with the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. Iran has consistently denied the charges. IRNA said that in Tuesday’s meeting, the Argentine charge d’affaires deplored the anti-Iranian reports in his country’ media and said they contradicted his government’s position toward Iran. Full Story

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