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    Rescue workers search for survivors and victims in the rubble after a powerful car bomb destroyed the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), in this July 18, 1994 file photo

    Argentina Seeks Renewed Deal With Iran to Investigate 1994 Bombing

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    The Argentinian government took out full-page ads in local newspapers on Wednesday to revive its quest to interrogate Iranian suspects in a deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center.

    Last year, an Argentine federal court struck down the deal, which would have allowed the interrogation of Iranian suspects. Tehran denies any responsibility for the attack that killed 85 and refuses to extradite its citizens.

    "It is only possible to ratify the path traced by the executive power and the national congress through the memorandum of understanding, a tool that would enable us to interrogate the Iranian citizens accused," the government said in the ad, according to Reuters.

    "This situation would put the Argentine state in a better position regarding Iran and the international community to demand extradition or negotiate a trial in a third party country."

    Early in the year, the lead prosecutor in the case, Alberto Nisman, was found fatally shot four days after accusing President Cristina Fernandez of sabotaging the investigation in order to get access to Tehran's oil.

    A judge threw out that case against the president, who denies accusations that she was part of a cover up.  

    Alberto Nisman, Cristina Fernandez, Iran, Argentina
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