Iran denies involvement in 1994 bombing of Jewish centre in Argentina

Former foreign minister says allegations that Tehran was behind attack that killed 85 in Buenos Aires are ‘unfounded, false’ and a ‘lie’

A former Iranian foreign minister and another ex-official have denied Tehran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Argentina that has come under renewed scrutiny after the death of an investigator.

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran’s foreign minister in 1994 and current foreign affairs adviser to the country’s supreme leader, described allegations of Iranian involvement in the attack that killed 85 people and injured hundreds “unfounded, false” and a “lie”.

Velayati’s interview in Tehran by Argentina’s C5N news channel was aired on Monday along with an interview with the cultural attache from Iran’s embassy in Buenos Aires in the 1990s, who also denied involvement.

Argentinian courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians allegedly involved in the attack.

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