U.S. lawmakers visit Argentine attack sites


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A delegation from the U.S. Congress visited the sites of terrorist attacks in Buenos Aires.

The lawmakers also thanked Argentina for joining the effort to make Iran more accountable.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Latin America subcommittee, and Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) met last week with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and other Argentine officials.

The congressional delegation visited the sites of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994, which killed 85 people, and the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy, which killed 29. Argentina is seeking the extradition of a number of top Iranian officials in the attacks, including the current defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi.

Argentina also voted with the majority in November when the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, censured Iran for covering up suspected nuclear weapons activity.

"The members thanked the Argentines for pursuing the indicted bombers and for voting favorably in the IAEA on Iran," a spokesman for the congressional delegation said.

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