Argentina: Terror investigations will continue

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Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman rekindles the Eternal Flame at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Monday, April 4, 2011. Timerman is on an official visit to the region. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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Argentina's foreign minister has denied a reported offer by his government to stop investigating two deadly bombings against Jewish centers in the 1990s in return for improved trade ties with Iran.

Last month, the Argentinian newspaper Perfil cited an Iranian diplomatic memo detailing a proposal from Argentina to drop the investigations.

In 1994, a bomb killed 85 and wounded 200 at a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. In 1992, a bomb destroyed Israel's embassy there, killing 29.

Argentine officials have long maintained that the attacks were orchestrated by Iran.

In Jerusalem on Monday, Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman denied that, saying Argentina already trades freely with Iran, so "what am I going to get by forgetting the investigation? What kind of commercial benefit?"

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