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NEW YORK (JTA) — The Japanese terrorist sect Aum Supreme Truth, responsible for the deadly sarin nerve gas attack in a Tokyo subway in March, has also promoted anti-Semitism in Japan.

An article entitled "A Guide to Fear: The Jewish Aspiration — Total World Conquest" appeared in one of the sect's publications in early 1995, according to the Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum.

According to the forum, the article claims Jews took advantage of Japan's devastation in World War II in order to promote their interests and work toward their final aim, which is universal control. The forum is an Israeli government interministerial committee that gathers information on anti-Semitism and cooperates with organizations and Jewish communities around the world.

In the article, Aum also claims that the United States is controlled by Jewish capital, which serves the aims of the secretive Freemasons, whom anti-Semitic writers often assert are part of an international Jewish conspiracy to control the world.

The Aum piece purports that the Freemasons use the United Nations as a tool to achieve universal control, which means that Japan's U.N. ambassador is a puppet of the Jews.

Argentina flip-flops on Syria nuclear talks

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — In an apparent flip-flop of its nuclear sales policy, the Argentine government has decided to resume talks in August for the sale to Syria of a five-megawatt nuclear reactor.

The move comes after Argentine Foreign Minister Guido di Tella, during a visit to Israel last week, said his country would not proceed with the sale if Israel objected.

Israeli officials have expressed concern about the possible sale of technology that could put Syria "on the road to nuclear development."

But following the foreign minister's visit, sources at the Argentine Foreign Ministry said Buenos Aires would pursue negotiations "on its own terms."

President Carlos Menem's government believes it is taking "all steps to ensure the peaceful use of any technological equipment sold," one source said.

The officials, maintaining that the reactor would be used for research purposes only, flatly dismissed the possibility of canceling the negotiations with Syria.

Di Tella, who during last week's trip to Israel was questioned about the negotiations with Damascus, repeatedly gave the assurance that his government would not do "anything that could endanger Israel's security." But then Argentine officials said they had secured American backing for the discussions with Syria.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires would neither confirm nor deny this.