Israel’s defense minister is accusing Iran of using its embassies to plan terrorist attacks, including using diplomatic mail pouches to transfer bomb-making components and other weapons that could threaten the U.S.
“They are taking advantage of the drug smuggling routes from South America into the United States in order to move weapons there,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.
Ya’alon said that Iran engages in terrorist activity inside its embassies in Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The Islamic Republic also utilizes the sympathetic Shi’ite populations in those Latin American countries, he said on Monday.
“They have built this infrastructure for potential attacks against Jews, Israelis and Israeli interests, but it is also important to them as an infrastructure for possible action in the United States,” the defense minister said according to the Jerusalem Post.
“The terror infrastructure they are building throughout the world is giving them ambition for their goal to export their Shi’ite revolution to the entire world,” Ya’alon said during a meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina who was visiting Israel.
Israel is “following with concern all of Iran’s activities in the world, because we have been hit by their terror in Argentina, Bulgaria and India,” Ya’alon said on Monday.
“It’s a threat against the stability of the entire world, and therefore we are insisting that, one way or another, they must never have a [nuclear] bomb,” he added.
Argentine and Israeli officials have said that the Iranian government was involved in the suicide bombings of the AMIA Jewish center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires during the 1990s that killed more than 100 people. Iran denies involvement in the attacks.