Iran appreciates Washington's inclusion of the Jundallah extremist group in the list of terrorist organizations, the Mehr news agency reported. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as calling the move "a positive step."
He added that combating terrorism is a concern of the entire international community, and such a move indicates that the United States is moving in the right direction.
The United States included Jundallah in the list of terrorist organizations using various methods for the worldwide spread of violence. The U.S. State Department said Jundallah "has engaged in numerous attacks resulting in the death and maiming of scores of Iranian civilians and government officials since its creation in 2003."
Jundallah was created in 2003 and operates operates primarily in the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan. Jundallah uses a variety of terrorist tactics, including suicide bombings, ambushes, kidnappings and targeted assassinations.