BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Iran lashed out at Argentina on Wednesday after the South American nation sought the arrest…

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Iran lashed out at Argentina on Wednesday after the South American nation sought the arrest of Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi over his alleged involvement within the lethal 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center.

Without mentioning Vahidi by title, Iran’s Foreign Ministry warned Argentina towards “making baseless accusations towards residents of different nations.” The warning Wednesday got here a day after Argentina demanded that Pakistan act on an Interpol pink discover to arrest Vahidi throughout an official go to to Islamabad.

Vahidi, who is needed by Interpol, minimize his authorities journey to Southeast Asia brief, making an sudden return to Tehran Wednesday.

There was no rapid response from Pakistani authorities.

Argentina’s renewed push to carry Iran accountable for the worst such assault in its historical past comes as right-wing President Javier Milei reshapes overseas coverage to align extra carefully with Iran’s bitter enemy, Israel, and as tensions surge between the Mideast foes.

In an obvious reference to Israel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani urged Argentina “to not be influenced by those that are enemies of our bilateral relations.”

No one has been convicted for planning or finishing up the 1994 bombing that killed 85 individuals and wounded over 300 others. But in current weeks — as Iran faces increasing global isolation and sanctions — Argentina has escalated efforts to sentence Iran and its abroad militant community for its alleged involvement. Iran has repeatedly denied any connection to the assault.

In a transfer cheered by Israel, Argentina’s highest legal court docket this month ruled the Iranian government had plotted the 1994 attack — in addition to a 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 individuals. Judges singled out three former Iranian officers for his or her involvement within the Jewish group middle assault — together with Minister Vahidi who on the time led the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force. The court docket additionally accused the Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group of executing the assault.

Earlier this week Vahidi accompanied Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Islamabad, the place he met along with his Pakistani counterpart to debate intelligence-sharing. Although anticipated to proceed on with Raisi’s delegation to Sri Lanka, Vahidi abruptly turned again, elevating hypothesis that Argentina’s request had sophisticated his worldwide journey.

He made a shock look Wednesday at a Cabinet assembly in Tehran, the place he praised his journey to Pakistan in interviews with state-linked Iranian information shops. Meanwhile, President Raisi landed in Sri Lanka.

Argentine authorities mentioned Tuesday they’d coordinated with diplomats in Pakistan and India to request Vahidi’s detention and extradition to Buenos Aires. “They proceed to carry positions of energy with complete impunity,” a authorities assertion mentioned. Kanani, the overseas minister spokesperson, accused Argentina of creating “unlawful and false requests” to defame Iran.

For years, Argentina has tried in useless to leverage Interpol pink notices to press for the arrests of accused Iranian officers. The nation’s elusive quest for justice within the 1992 and 1994 bombings has been mired in controversy and alleged government coverups.


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