Iran says Argentine's complain on defense nominee part of 'Zionist plot

Iran said that Argentine's complains on nomineted defense minister in Ahmadinejad cabinet was a part of "Zİonist plot".

Iran says Argentine's complain on defense nominee part of 'Zionist plot

Iran said that Argentine's complains on nomineted defense minister in Ahmadinejad cabinet was a part of "Zİonist plot".

Argentina has complained that the man nominated for the post of defence minister in Iran's new government is wanted over a bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994, which left 85 people dead.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has submitted on Thursday a list of his proposed new cabinet to parliament. Parliament is to start debating the new appointees on August 30.

Earlier, State television's Web site reported that the defense minister nominee was Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, a deputy defense minister in charge of research and development in the current administration.

News of the nomination was received "with grave concern and deserves the most energetic condemnation of the Argentine government," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Argentine claims that Vahidi was a former head of Al Quds. But Iran has never acknowledged the existence of the Al-Quds Brigades.

Tehran brushed aside the criticism as part of a "Zionist plot."

"How come they didn't bring it up in the past?" asked Ahmadinejad press adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr, referring to the Argentine complaint.

Vahidi has been already a deputy defense minister.

Among the other Iranians also wanted by Interpol as part of its assistance to Buenos Aires in the case are Iran's former intelligence chief Ali Fallahian and the former head of the country's Revolutionary Guards, Mohsen Rezaei, as well as three Iranian diplomats.

Argentine justice officials have asked Interpol to arrest Vahidi, arguing that he was one of five high Iranian officials who Argentina claimed involved the bombing.

The July 9, 1994 bombing leveled the seven-floor Argentine Jewish Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and wounding 300. No single individual has ever been convicted for the bombing.

Argentina is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America.

Meanwhile, an Iranian MP said the assembly may reject several of the ministers proposed by Ahmadinejad in his new cabinet.

Six of the nominees are holdovers from Ahmadinejad's previous government, though two of them are being moved to new ministries.

Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, who is close to the elite Revolutionary Guard, has been nominated as the new interior minister, in charge of police. The move could signal an even tougher domestic security stance amid the crackdown on the opposition following the disputed election.


Agencies
Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2009, 14:09
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