Argentina Demands Clarity From Iran On 1994 Bombing

By Dialogo
October 11, 2011

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez urged Iran to make good on its offer to help investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 people.

Argentine prosecutors say Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was among those behind the attack that leveled the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association building.

Iran has long denied links to the bombing but in an apparent about-face, Tehran offered in July to start talks with Argentina aimed at “shedding light” on the bombing.

“We believe this dialogue must be constructive, honest, and it must achieve results so it can be credible and so it isn’t understood as a ploy to delay or distract,” Fernandez said during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.

“Although the message we got from Iran implies a change of attitude from the government, it does not in itself satisfy our demands … for justice,” she said. “However this is an offer to dialogue that Argentina cannot and should not turn down.”

Fernandez last year suggested carrying out a trial in a neutral, third country to determine who was responsible for the attack, but Iran rejected this.