BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentine Security Minister Agustin Rossi acknowledged that Argentina must strengthen its security in the face of escalating tension between the US and Iran that caused the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
“We have an obligation to be alert to everything that can happen because of the conflict between the United States and Iran,” the official admitted in statements to the Infobae portal.
The defense minister recalled that the South American country has suffered two terrorist attacks throughout its history, an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that caused 22 deaths, and another that suffered the Argentine Mutual Israel Association (AMIA) two years later and that took the lives of 86 people.
“For now there are no orders to our Armed Forces to be on alert or a military operation was launched in relation to this issue,” Rossi warned.
Controls at airports and border crossings will be reinforced through security forces, the minister said.
The US military killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on January 3 in an air strike launched in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
In response, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised to retaliate For the death of the military.