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(CNSNews.com) – Iran’s foreign ministry on Wednesday dismissed as “phony” and a “Zionist conspiracy” allegations by Israel and Argentina that the regime was responsible for two deadly bombings in Buenos Aires in the 1990s.
Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the Israeli and Argentine government were involved in a plot aimed at allowing the real perpetrators of the crimes – whom he did not identify – to go free.
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Iran has condemned the attacks, he said, and “dismisses the accusations aimed at Iranian citizens of being involved in this issue.”
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this week visited the sites of the two bombings – the Argentine-Israel Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish community center and the Israeli Embassy.
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Eighty-five people died in the AMIA suicide truck bombing in 1994, the worst terrorist attack in Argentina’s history. Twenty-nine were killed in the 1992 embassy blast, also a suicide bombing, the deadliest attack ever against an Israeli diplomatic mission.
Argentine prosecutors blamed the AMIA bombing on Iran and its Lebanese Shi’ite ally, Hezbollah and expelled Iranian diplomats in connection with both attacks. In 2006 Argentina issued arrest warrants for eight senior Iranian officials.
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“It was Iran that lit the fuse of the bomb that struck Argentina twice,” Netanyahu, the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America, said at a ceremony at the AMIA center.
“Iran initiated, planned and carried out these horrible attacks through its proxy, Hezbollah. I thank President [Mauricio] Macri and the authorities in Argentina for their willingness to exhaust the investigation into the truth.”
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“The time has come to publically place full responsibility on those responsible and condemn them once and for all,” Netanyahu said. “The time has come to deliver justice to the victims.”
Ghasemi rejected Netanyahu’s remarks as baseless, and accused Israel of “state terrorism” against Palestinians and the people of Lebanon and Syria.
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