JERUSALEM (AFP) – Uruguay has expelled a senior Iranian diplomat over last month’s planting of a dummy bomb near Israel’s embassy in Montevideo, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday.
Citing an unidentified “senior official in Jerusalem”, it said the diplomat was expelled two weeks ago and although Uruguayan officials briefed Israel on the move they made no public announcement.
“Investigations carried out by Uruguay’s intelligence services after the discovery of the device yielded information pointing to a possible involvement of someone at the Iranian embassy,” Haaretz’s diplomatic correspondent wrote.
“The Uruguayan government turned to Iran’s government for information and after consultations between the two, it was decided to expel one of the senior diplomats at Iran’s embassy.”
Israel’s foreign ministry declined to confirm or deny the report. “I am aware of it but I have nothing to add,” a spokesman told AFP.