Argentina protests over Iranian suspect in Nicaragua incident

The attendance of a senior Iranian official at Nicaragua’s presidential inauguration has angered Argentina, which it claims was involved in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The presence of a senior Iranian official at the inauguration of Nicaragua’s president has angered Argentina, which Argentina claims was involved in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires that caused 85 people died.

Argentina’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that Iran’s vice president for economic affairs, Mohsen Rezai, attended a ceremony in Nicaragua on Monday “an affront to Argentine justice and the victims of a brutal terrorist attack in the Argentine capital.”

Rezai, the former leader of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps, is wanted by Argentina on an Interpol “red notice” for the attack. He and the Iranian government deny planning the incident.

Iran is also subject to U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program and other issues.

Argentina’s government has been criticized by the country’s opposition after its ambassador, Daniel Capitanich, attended the inauguration of a president deemed a human rights abuser — and joined Rezai in the same Activity.

The opposition’s international relations minister, Fulvio Pompeo, said the Argentine government was not only “cooperating with dictators and human rights abusers in our region” but was also responsible for the alleged 1994 Buenos Aires attack. The organizer’s “accomplice”. Professional party.

Rezai was one of several Iranians sought by Argentina in the bombing. Argentine prosecutors claim that senior Iranian officials commissioned the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to carry out the mission.