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Iran MP: West uses delisted MKO terrorists to achieve certain objectives

Iran Materials 4 January 2013 15:49
An Iranian lawmaker said the US and Canada move to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) off the list of terrorist organizations is in line with the West’s policy.
Iran MP: West uses delisted MKO terrorists to achieve certain objectives

An Iranian lawmaker said the US and Canada move to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) off the list of terrorist organizations is in line with the West's policy to use the group in order to achieve certain objectives in the region, Press TV reported.

"The move by the Canadian and the US governments to remove the MKO from the list of terrorist organizations is in line with Western countries' support of this group in order to use its remaining members for achieving their political and economic objectives in the region," Mohammad-Hassan Asafari, a member of Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Friday.

He said that the group was nurtured by Washington and added the US government's nature in the region requires that it financially and militarily support terrorist groups like MKO, Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Asafari said that Iran will reconsider its political, economic and cultural relations with any country that would shelter the group, adding that MKO members must be extradited to the Islamic Republic.

On December 20, the Canadian government removed the MKO from its official list of terrorist organizations. Ottawa's move followed similar measures by the US and EU.

The US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations on September 28. The European Union had taken the MKO off its black list in 2009.

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