US Briefs Argentina On Alleged Iran Plot

By Dialogo
October 14, 2011

On October 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns briefed Argentine officials on the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C., a U.S. spokeswoman said.

“Argentina was one of the countries called by Deputy Secretary Burns today,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters when asked if Argentina was among countries briefed about the plot.

But she said she would not “go beyond” what was in the indictment charging two Iranians with plotting to kill the envoy when a reporter asked if the plot also involved plans to bomb the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Buenos Aires.

“I would simply say that we do believe that there were other targets and there were follow-on notions by these plotters, but we do believe that the entire plot has now been disrupted,” Nuland said.

Argentina accused current and former top Iranian officials – including former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – of being behind the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association that killed 85 people.

The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was also the target of an attack in 1992, in which 29 people were killed and 200 wounded.

Lawmakers, meanwhile, warned that the plot in which Iran allegedly tried to enlist the help of a Mexican drug cartel member – who turned out to be a U.S. informant – showed Iran’s growing activity in Latin America.