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Iran lifts economic sanctions against Argentina: official

BUENOS AIRES, May 5 (AFP) - Iran unilaterally lifted economic sanctions against Argentina imposed after Buenos Aires accused Tehran of being responsible for a bomb on a Jewish center here, an official here told AFP Wednesday night.

"It is likely that this unilateral measure was made when looking at it from the perspective of the changes that have taken place in Iran," said a foreign ministry source, who did not want to be named.

The lifting of the 1997 sanctions on Argentine exports, including wheat, corn and other commodities, will be discussed on Thursday between Argentine secretary of international trade, Marcelo Avogadro, and Iran's top envoy here, Abdulrahim Saratifar, the source said.

At the time the sanctions were imposed, Argentina was exporting some 700 million dollars annually to Iran, while Tehran sold the South American country goods amounting to less than one million dollars.

Relations between Argentina and Iran soured when Buenos Aires accused Tehran of supporting terrorists who bombed the headquarters of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA). The two nations withdrew their ambassadors, leaving the diplomatic missions in the hands of their charges d'affaires.

Iran continually denied any connection to Argentina's biggest terrorist attack, which killed 86 and injured more than 200 on July 18, 1994.


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