Iran Dismisses Allegation of Involvement in AMIA Bombing
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson dismissed as “groundless and worthless” fresh accusations by Israel’s prime minister that Iranian nationals were involved in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in in the 1990s, describing it as part of plots against Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemned the bombings (that took place) in Buenos Aires in the past years, and rejects the accusations levelled against Iranian nationals in this regard,” Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday.
His comments came after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of sponsoring bombing attacks on the Israeli embassy and a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994.
The Islamic Republic regards such accusations as “part of the Zionist regime’s anti-Iran plots and the mafia of power in Argentina who try to help the real perpetrators of the move escape punishment,” Qassemi said, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
He further called on the world public opinion to pay attention to the Israeli crimes and its violation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“We urge international circles to take a decisive action to stop the massacre of innocent people in the occupied Palestine, violation of Lebanon and Syria’s national sovereignty, repeated aggressions on Islamic and Arab countries, and support for state-sponsored terrorism by the heads of this child-murdering regime (Israel),” Qassemi added.
In 2013, Argentina’s Senate voted to approve an agreement with Iran on the establishment of a fact-finding committee to investigate the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in 1994, which left 85 people dead.
AMIA stands for the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina or the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association.