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18:49 | 2013-06-11

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Spokesman: Comments of AMIA Attorney-General Worth No Response

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi condemned the anti-Iran remarks by an Argentinean attorney-general working on the case of AMIA bombing, and said his comments are worth no response.

"We don't attach much value to these remarks. This person has been in contact with the corrupt judge who studied the case for a while," Araqchi told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Argentine attorney-general had claimed that Iran's clout and deep influence in Latin America might affect investigation results.

"What is important is that the Iranian and Argentine governments have made an agreement (to settle AMIA bombing case) which has gone through the legal stages," he continued.

"We hope that the AMIA case will be settled forever as a result of this agreement," Araqchi added.

In relevant remarks in March, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that Tehran and Buenos Aires are resolved to settle Argentina's AMIA bombing case as soon as possible.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned the terrorist attack on Argentine AMIA Jewish center in 1994 and is working with the Argentine government to resolve the issue in line with a letter of understanding signed by representatives of the two governments, Salehi said at the time.

He said that based on the agreement signed by Iran and Argentinean government, International Police (Interpol) must quit issuing red notice for four Iranian officials.

After Iran and Argentina signed the deal over AMIA, the Israeli regime showed an angry reaction. "We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly," Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Yigal Palmor said on January 28.

In a statement on January 30, however, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Israel's demand for explanation over the agreement, described by Argentinean President Fernandez as "historic," was an "improper action that is strongly rejected."

Under intense political pressure from the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.