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  • 10/9/2012

US plans to revive MKO terrorist group: Iran Defense Minister

iran’s defense minister brigadier general ahmad vahidi

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the US plans to revive the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) by removing the group from its list of terror organizations.

“The US has always been in contact with the MKO and supported the group, but had listed it as a terrorist organization due to some political considerations,”‌ Vahidi said on Tuesday.

“The members of the MKO terrorist group were active in the US in the past and received various kinds of help,”‌ the Iranian defense minister added.

Vahidi said removing the MKO from the list proves that Washington is not honest in its fight against terrorism.

“The US is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world, therefore it cannot be regarded as the flag-bearer of the fight against terrorism,”‌ Vahidi said.

On September 28, the US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move.

Members of the MKO fled to Iraq in the 1980s, where they had the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and set up Camp Ashraf in the eastern province of Diyala near the Iranian border.

The group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, has also carried out countless terrorist acts against Iraqi civilians.

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the MKO, but the US has been putting pressure on Baghdad not to take the measure.

Source: presstv.com

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