'Iran asks Argentina to forget attacks on Jewish targets'

Report: Tehran offers improved financial ties to S. American country in exchange for dropping probe into 1990s bombings in Buenos Aires.

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
March 27, 2011 09:12
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Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner

Kirchner 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Iran allegedly offered Argentina to “forget” about the 1992 and 1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and Jewish center in Buenos Aires which killed 114 people and wounded hundreds in return for improved financial relations, an Argentinian newspaper reported on Saturday.

According to the Argentinean tabloid Perfil, the Islamic Republic asked the South American country to drop the ongoing investigation into the bombings which are believed to have been carried out by Hezbollah and Iran.

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“Argentina is no longer interested in solving these two attacks, but would rather improve its economic relations with Iran," the newspaper quoted an Iranian document it said it had obtained as saying.

Perfil, which is a vocal critic of Argentiean President Cristina Fernandez, said the offer was made to Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman during a recent visit to Damascus where he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, a close ally of Iran.

Pepe Eliaschev, the journalist who reported the story, has been accused of having an anti-Fernandez bent, sources said. Over the past several months he has spoken out against the incumbent on several radio talk shows ahead of the October 2011 general elections.

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