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By MARC PERELMAN
Forward March 17, 2006
As part of their campaign to isolate Iran, Congress and
the Bush administration are pressing Argentine officials
and prosecutors to issue a new indictment against Tehran's
Islamic regime for the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal
center in Buenos Aires, the Forward has learned.
Senior Bush administration officials and congressional
aides recently met with top Argentine political and
judicial officials to urge them to charge Iran's top
leadership with carrying out the bombing, which killed 85
people and wounded more than 300.
The Americans "clearly want to accuse Iran," said Miguel
Bronfman, a lawyer who was briefed on the meetings with
congressional staffers and represents the Argentine Jewish
communal organization, AMIA, that was targeted in the 1994
bombing. An intelligence source familiar with the meetings
between administration and Argentine officials said
America is pressing Argentina to issue arrest warrants for
senior Iranian officials.
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Iran has denied that any of its officials were involved in a deadly bomb attack on a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994.
Its foreign ministry said it would seek talks with Argentina in coming days after a judge there asked Interpol to arrest four Iranian officials accused of involvement in the attack.
Judge Juan Jose Galeano ordered their arrest after Argentine intelligence services linked the officials to the bombing, which killed 85 people.
The blast was Argentina's worst terror attack.
A former Iranian secret service agent has accused Iran of planning a 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish cultural centre in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.
"Witness C" told a Buenos Aires court via video-link from Germany that Iran attacked the centre thinking it was a base for the Israeli secret service.
More than 80 people died and 200 people were injured in the attack.
Iran has denied any involvement in the blast and says the case against it is politically motivated.
By NAZILA FATHI (NYT)
Published: August 23, 2003
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamidreza Assefi, reacted angrily to the arrest of a former diplomat, Hadi Soleimanpour, in Britain, saying it was politically motivated and carried out under the influence of Zionists. Mr. Soleimanpour, who was ordered into custody by a London court to face possible extradition to Argentina, was the Iranian ambassador to Argentina at the time of a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. He is one of several Iranian government officials sought by Argentina for allegedly helping to carry out the bombing. Mr. Assefi said that the case lacked judicial basis and that Iran was going to hold talks with Britain over the arrest. Nazila Fathi (NYT)
In a move that is likely to up the ante between the United States and Iran, already locked in a confrontation, the 50-member US House International Relations Committee voted 37-3 to pass legislation that will end US economic aid to any country that helped Iran by investing in that country’s energy sector or permitted a private entity to make such investment. In 1996, President Bill Clinton had signed the Iran-Libya Sanctions Bill (ILSA), which called for sanctions against foreign companies investing in the energy sector of Iran and Libya. ILSA also barred, through executive order, American oil and gas companies from trading with Iran and Libya. By all indications, the legislation is set to pass through the House easily, though it may encounter some hurdles in the Senate.
Interestingly, it appears that the House Committee pushed the legislation through in the face of State Department objections. According to reports, the administration outlined its position in a letter from the State Department’s legislative affairs chief, Jeffrey Bergner, to the committee’s chairman, Rep Henry Hyde. The department argued that “the legislation would inhibit the administration’s ability to build and maintain an international consensus to confront Iran’s violations collectively ... [and] create tensions with countries whose help we need in dealing with Iran and shift the focus away from Iran’s actions and spotlight differences between us and our allies.” A sympathetic view would be that the House Committee has ignored the executive branch and done its own thing. But that may be too simplistic given the sequence of events. Consider.
I too believe that very few things make the news by accident.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
There was never any doubt in my mind that the obvious goal is to turn public opinion against Iran.
Originally posted by Majic
Of course, there's no shortage of anti-U.S. propaganda -- including plenty of Cold War surplus -- being spewn by Iran and plenty of others as well.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
I'm a believer in the theory that war is constant, and just only flares to open violence every now and then.