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Meng to Secretary of State: Oppose Iran-Argentina Pact to Probe Deadly Terrorist Bombing of Jewish Cultural Center

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), joined by several other Members of Congress, today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to oppose the "truth commission" that the governments of Iran and Argentina have set-up to reinvestigate the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires.

The attack, which the Argentine courts have long blamed on Iran, killed 85 innocent civilians and injured hundreds of others. It represents the largest attack on a Jewish target since World War II.

"This joint commission is nothing but a sham," said Meng, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. "Iran is essentially seeking to investigate itself for the cowardly attack it perpetrated, and its only goal is to wipe away its involvement in it. Shame on the Argentine government for going along with this, and for allowing itself to be used by this terrorist state."

"Eight senior Iranian officials have already been indicted for this bombing, but this "truth commission' could enable dismissals of the charges against them," added Meng. "We urge Secretary Kerry to oppose the establishment of this commission and to take action against Argentina should the country proceed with it."

The Jewish cultural center, run by the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA), was attacked on July 18, 1994.

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