Israeli media had claimed the expulsion to have happened over the Iranian diplomat’s alleged involvement in a fake bomb incident in the Latin American country’s capital.
On Friday Haaretz quoting an unidentified Israeli official said that Montevideo had expelled a senior Iranian diplomat two weeks earlier over last month’s planting of a fake bomb near Israel’s embassy in Montevideo.
However, Iran’s embassy in Montevideo on Saturday rejected the report as false, stressing such media claims are aimed at spreading Iranophobia and tarnishing the Islamic Republic’s international image.
In a similar statement on Friday, the Uruguayan government also denied having expelled an Iranian diplomat in relation to the fake bomb incident.
On January 8, the Uruguay police discovered an object suggestive of a bomb near Israel’s new embassy located in the World Trade Center office complex in Montevideo.
After carrying out detonation operations, the police said that the bomb would have posed no threat.