The Iranian regime asked the US. lift sanctions on members or former members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, including two accused of the attack against the AMIA, as part of a possible agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.
Former US official Gabriel Noronha confirmed that the eventual measure would benefit the former member of that body and current Vice President Moshe Rezai and the former Foreign Minister of Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati. Both were members of that military body and have arrest warrants from the Argentine justice system as alleged intellectual authors of the terrorist attack on the Jewish mutual in 1994 that left 85 dead.
In January there was a diplomatic scandal because the Argentine Foreign Ministry did not request the arrest of Rezai when he participated in the resumption act of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.
Mohammad Reza Ghaebi, head of Iran’s permanent mission to international organizations in Vienna, quoted by Press TV, yesterday called for the US to raise “immediately” all sanctions against Iran to reach a successful agreement.
Last week, it was announced that it was imminent an agreement after the negotiations in Vienna, in which Iran, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, China and, indirectly, the United States participate. In 2018, the US withdrew from the pact reached in 2015 by decision of then President Donald Trump.
Noronha is a former Donald Trump official who worked on the Iranian issue at the US State Department. The same information was published recently by The Jerusalem Post, which reported that Iran also requested the lifting of political and financial sanctions against members and former members of the Revolutionary Guard.
According to The Jerusalem Post, another of Iran’s demands was to put an end to the controls of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA, led by Argentine Rafael Rossi) to prevent Iran’s uranium enrichment program from ending in the construction of an atomic bomb.
consulted by Clariona source from the US embassy in Buenos Aires did not comment on this information and sent the queries to the State Department which, as of press time, had not yet answered.
A leader of the Buenos Aires Jewish community, who asked to keep her name anonymous, expressed his concern by the possibility that the Biden administration will respond affirmatively to this request from Iran, especially after the rapprochement with the Chavista regime in Venezuela and the context of the war between Russia and Ukraine. An eventual US decision in this regard “would weaken Argentina’s red alerts against Rezai and Velayati”, explained the leader.
On the other hand, Republican Senator Bill Hagerty called for Biden to send the eventual agreement with Iran to Congress for ratification and criticized the eventual concessions that could be made to Iran, among other opposition legislators who have the same position.
A report from the Financial Information Unit from 2017 -when it was headed by Mariano Federici and María Eugenia Talerico- indicates that Rezai and Ahmad Vahidi were commanders of the Al-Quds Force (Revolutionary Guard) and were part of the select group that “in the intelligence office he submitted for evaluation the proposal to attack our country” in 1993.
The report is based on the opinion of former prosecutor Alberto Nisman and on resolutions of former judge Juan José Galeano. Rezai was previously Commander of the Corps of the Guardians of the Revolution between the years 1993 and 1994.
In addition, Rezai would have participated in the meeting in which it was decided to carry out the attack in Argentina. The meeting would have been in the city of Mahshad and there sand entrusted the Islamic Jihad of Hezbollah in Lebanon with his execution, says the FIU report. After this report, they were included in the list of terrorists in Argentina.
However, in 2013, the government of Cristina Kirchner signed the controversial memorandum of understanding with Iran for the AMIA attack which, two years later, was repealed by the Justice for being unconstitutional. And he provoked Nisman’s crime, according to Justice.
The pact meant that both Vahidi and Rezai and other defendants would testify before the Argentine Justice and a court of international jurists.
For his part, Velayati “would have participated in the meeting held on August 14, 1993 in the Iranian city of Mahshad“, where it was “decided to attack the AMIA building” of Pasteur 633 of this capital.
As Iranian Foreign Minister between 1981 and 1997, he had “medullary importance” through “the instrumentation of the attack granting passports, visas, and diplomatic cover,” says the accusation of the Argentine justice.
In one of his writings, Nisman stated that “as head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Velayati coordinated the various activities and provided the resources that were necessary for all the various bodies under his charge to successfully complete the assigned tasks that allowed them to help the other elements in the terrorist chain” that participated in the AMIA.
In an interview with the Israeli media “Israel Hayom”, Noronha expressed her distrust with the head of the US delegation in Vienna, Robert Malley. Noronha, who worked for former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, described the deal as a big “gesture” to the Iranian regime.
According to Noronha, the new agreement “includes a sanctions relief that would roll back restrictions on several former top Tehran officials who were allegedly involved in terrorist activities in the past.”
According to Noronha, the next nuclear deal with Iran will be “much weaker and much more dangerous than the original deal” signed under former US President Barack Obama in 2015.