Argentina's Public Prosecutor Alberto Nisman gives a news conference in Buenos Aires on May 20, 2009
Argentina's Public Prosecutor Alberto Nisman gives a news conference in Buenos Aires on May 20, 2009. Iran has scoffed at charges levelled by Nisman, who is investigating an anti-Jewish attack that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires in 1994, saying the Islamic republic did not attach "any importance" to them. © Juan Mabromata - AFP/File
Argentina's Public Prosecutor Alberto Nisman gives a news conference in Buenos Aires on May 20, 2009
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Last updated: June 4, 2013

Iran scoffs at Argentinian charges of terror plots

Iran has scoffed at charges levelled by the Argentine prosecutor investigating an anti-Jewish attack that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires in 1994, saying the Islamic republic did not attach "any importance" to them.

Last week Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating several South American countries "to install intelligence stations -- in other words espionage bases -- destined to commit, encourage and sponsor terror attacks like the one that took place against AMIA."

He was referring to the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation building in Buenos Aires in 1994, the worst attack of its kind ever in Argentina.

Nisman, who is in charge of investigating the bombing, also accused Iran of "making dual use of diplomatic agencies as well as cultural and charitable associations to conceal terrorist activities".

An Iranian foreign ministry official late on Monday dismissed Nisman's charges.

"Considering the history of this individual, we don't attach any importance to his statements," the unnamed official was quoted as saying by Iran's official IRNA news agency.

Argentine courts have charged eight current and former senior Iranian officials over the bombing, including Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi and ex-Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezai -- both candidates in the June 14 presidential elections -- along with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

In addition to the AMIA attack, the Argentine authorities also suspect Iran of being behind the 1992 car bombing in front of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 and wounded 200.

Iran has repeatedly denied any involvement in these attacks.

Nisman's charges came just days after Iran approved a memorandum of understanding with Argentina on forming a truth commission to investigate the AMIA bombing.

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