Friday, August 21, 2009

US Calls Iranian Defense Minister Choice ‘Disturbing’

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi,
Defense Minister-designate
AFP Photo

The United States today expressed concern over Ahmadinejad’s choice of Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi as Iran’s new defense minister. Vahidi is sought by Interpol in connection with a deadly 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters in Washington that the US is troubled by the choice.

"Clearly if this report is true, and if this man is confirmed as a cabinet minister and he is wanted by Interpol for his involvement in a terrorist act, of course this would be disturbing," Kelly said.

The US has joined Argentina, Israel and others including Jewish groups in voicing its concern about the nomination of Vahidi, a former commander of IRGC’s elite Quds Force, notorious for its operations outside Iran’s borders.

Uskowi on Iran broke the news of Vahidi’s selection to become the minister of defense on Wednesday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

almost 20 of Iranian politicians, including Rafsanjani is on this Interpol list.

So are many more other international figures.

Ironically all are from countries who do NOT have relations with Israel.

Argentina needed IMF sponsored money to overcome its financial problems, thats why they gave in to a belated charge against Iran and some figures for a terror attack on some jewish place or something.

For Argantina , better than having to admit militant antisemitism in their country.