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Argentina Questions Taking Iranian General Off Sanctions List


Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.

In an open letter July 29, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Argentina was concerned by news reports that the deal included a European Union agreement to remove former Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi from its sanctions list.

Timerman sent a similar letter to the European Union.

The Wall Street Journal reported July 27 that Vahidi, who was a commander of Iran’s elite overseas military unit, the Qods Force, at the time of the attack, was being taken off the list.

Argentina has long sought Vahidi for alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and wounded hundreds.

A special prosecutor in Argentina eventually accused Iran’s government of executing the attack. Iran has always denied involvement.

Based on reporting by AP and Wall Street Journal
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