Iran Denies Officials Will Be Quizzed on Argentina Bombing

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DUBAI - Iran denied on Tuesday it had agreed to allow international investigators to question Tehran officials over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires as part of a plan to form a "truth commission."

Argentina said in January it had agreed with Iran to establish a "truth commission" made up of five foreign legal experts to review all the relevant documentations of the attack, which Argentine courts accuse Tehran of sponsoring.

According to a document posted on Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's Facebook page, the agreement plans for Argentine legal officials to meet in Tehran to question "those people for whom Interpol has issued a red notice".

But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast denied Iranian officials would be questioned over the bombing. "This report is a lie," he told a news conference in Tehran.

Julio Schlosser, president of Argentina's DAIA Jewish community group, told local radio: "We said that Iran was not a reliable negotiator." Israel and world Jewish groups have denounced the pact, which is seen as running counter to efforts to isolate Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Jewish men looking on as rescuers sift through the rubble at the site of a car-bombing at the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 18, 1994.Credit: Bloomberg

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