News


DATE=5/20/98 
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT 
NUMBER=2-232519
TITLE=ARGENTINA / IRAN UPDATE  (L ONLY)  
BYLINE=GEORGE MEEK
DATELINE=RIO DE JANEIRO 
CONTENT= 
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INTRO:  ARGENTINA HAS TIGHTENED SECURITY, BRACING FOR POSSIBLE 
TERRORIST ACTS TRIGGERED BY THE DIPLOMATIC CRISIS WITH IRAN.  
ARGENTINA AND IRAN HAVE VIRTUALLY SUSPENDED DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS 
BECAUSE OF ARGENTINE ALLEGATIONS IRAN WAS BEHIND A 1994 BOMB 
ATTACK IN BUENOS AIRES.  WE HAVE DETAILS FROM CORRESPONDENT 
GEORGE MEEK IN OUR SOUTH AMERICA BUREAU.

TEXT:  ARGENTINE INTERIOR MINISTER CARLOS CORACH SAYS SECURITY 
HAS  BEEN INCREASED AT POSSIBLE TERRORIST TARGETS IN THE 
COUNTRY'S LARGE JEWISH COMMUNITY, AND IN BORDER AREAS, ESPECIALLY
NEAR BRAZIL AND PARAGUAY.

THE MEASURES WERE ORDERED FOLLOWING THE DEPARTURE OF FOUR IRANIAN
DIPLOMATS TUESDAY, LEAVING ONLY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES ABDOLRAHIM 
SADATIFAR. TEHRAN RADIO SAYS HE WILL BE RECALLED FOR 
CONSULTATIONS, AND IRAN IS CONSIDERING A TOTAL BREAK IN 
DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS. 

ARGENTINA SAID FRIDAY HIS GOVERNMENT IS REDUCING ITS DIPLOMATIC 
REPRESENTATION IN THE IRANIAN CAPITAL TO ONE PERSON.

LAST WEEK ARGENTINA ARRESTED EIGHT IRANIANS SUSPECTED OF 
INVOLVEMENT IN THE BOMB ATTACK ON THE JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER IN 
BUENOS AIRES, WHICH KILLED 86 PEOPLE AND WOUNDED HUNDREDS OF 
OTHERS.  

THE SUSPECTS SAID THE FORMER CULTURAL ATTACHE OF THE IRANIAN 
EMBASSY IN BUENOS AIRES, MOHSSEN RABBANI, WAS INVOLVED IN 
PLANNING THE BOMBING.  HE WAS EXPELLED FROM ARGENTINA IN 
DECEMBER.  A FORMER IRANIAN SPY LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES AS A 
POLITICAL REFUGEE, MANOUCHER MOATAMER, HAS ALSO IMPLICATED MR. 
RABBANI.

THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, AND JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS IN ARGENTINA 
ACCUSE PRO-IRANI MILITANTS OF THE ATTACK ON THE CULTURAL CENTER 
AND THE BOMBING OF THE ISRAELI EMBASSY IN BUENOS AIRES IN 1992, 
WHICH KILLED 29 PEOPLE.  IRAN HAS REPEATEDLY DENIED INVOLVEMENT 
IN BOTH INCIDENTS, AND SAYS ARGENTINA HAS BEEN UNDULY INFLUENCED 
BY PRESSURE FROM THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IN THE CASE. 

THE DIRECTOR OF THE U-S FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, LOUIS 
FREEH, MET LAST WEEK IN BUENOS AIRES WITH JUDGE JUAN JOSE 
GALEANO, WHO IS INVESTIGATING THE CULTURAL CENTER BOMBING.  MR. 
FREEH SAID NEXT MONTH THE F-B-I WILL GIVE ARGENTINA ITS REPORT OF
THE MATTER.   (SIGNED)

NEB/GM/RAE

20-May-98 2:07 PM EDT (1807 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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