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Argentine prosecutor calls for Iran embargo


Argentina’s chief prosecutor accepted a request for an embargo against Iranian assets from a survivor of the AMIA bombing.
The survivor, whose name remains classified, was severely injured in the 1994 terrorist attack on the Buenos Aires Jewish center and is demanding $1 million in reparations.
The embargo would prevent Hezbollah from using its money and assets in the country or moving it until a judge decides whether or not to attach it to a verdict in favor of reparations.
The survivor alleges that the attack was planned by former leaders of the Iranian government and carried out by the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman agreed to the embargo based on accusations by the Argentine justice department against the Iranians and Hezbollah regarding responsibility for the attack.
While the judge in charge of the case, Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, will ultimately decide whether to accept the prosecutors demand, Iranian officials in Argentina say they have no obligation to cooperate.

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