Argentina designates Hezbollah a terrorist organisation

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In such a system, countries would have the same capabilities as the United States to impose sanctions on terrorist organisations, creating a more unified bloc as the U.S. pushes its maximum pressure campaign on Iran. Argentina's President Macri said that terroristic group poses a current threat to security and the integrity of the economic and financial order of his country.

On this day twenty-five years ago, Hizballah-an Iranian proxy designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization-bombed the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 innocent civilians and injuring hundreds more.

Argentina also blames Iran and Hezbollah for a deadly attack to the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29, claims denied by both Hezbollah and Iran.

Hezbollah, which has denied any involvement in the 1994 bombing on the AMIA Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, was placed on a national list that was created Wednesday specifically for the goal of giving the government a legal framework to take hostile action against the group. However, Buenos Aires has so far failed to provide substantial evidence and prove that Hezbollah was behind the attack.

The freezing of assets automatically places Hezbollah on Argentina's registry, designating it a terrorist organization, a government source with direct knowledge of the action confirmed.

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"I am ordering to freeze assets of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, its military wing and its leader", Mariano Federici, the head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Argentina (UIF-AR), part of the country's Finance Ministry, said on Thursday, quoted by the Clarin news outlet.

Further, Argentina placed Hezbollah on a new list of people and groups with terrorism ties.

The United States, looking to revive a security relationship that suffered after a souring in diplomatic ties during the previous administration of President Cristina Fernandez, views Macri as a partner, particularly as traditional European allies have been slower to offer support amid USA tensions with Iran.

"But at least it gives the impression that the Trump administration is not standing alone", he said. No-one has ever been brought to trial in connection with the bombing.

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