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'Opponents of Iran-Argentina ties will conduct 3rd AMIA attack'
Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (file photo)
Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (file photo)
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Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says any third attack on the Jewish community center, AMIA, will be carried out by opponents of the recent Tehran-Buenos Aires agreement to investigate the 1994 bombing on the center.


Kirchner made the remark in reaction to AMIA President Guillermo Borger who claimed the Iran-Argentina memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in January “will allow a third bombing in Argentina.”

“I read with concern Borger’s remarks. I respect Mr. Borger, but what makes him speak about such a horrible incident?” she asked.

“In that case, if any suicide attack occurs due to the MoU [signed] with Iran, who will be its spiritual and material mastermind?” asked the Argentinean president.

“Obviously, the signatories [to the MoU] will not mastermind any attack. Hence, will the masterminds be those who oppose the MoU? Or a country, intelligence agents and organizations of certain states? In that case, who would be committing such a strike and what would he be driving at?” she noted.

On January 27, Iran’s Foreign Minister and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timerman signed an MoU for the two countries to shed light on the 1994 bombing on the AMIA building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

The Israeli regime reacted angrily to the deal a day after it was signed. “We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Yigal Palmor, said on January 28.

In a statement on January 30, however, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Israel’s demand for explanation over the agreement, described by Argentinean President Fernandez as “historic,” was an “improper action that is strongly rejected.”

Under intense political pressure imposed by the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

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