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Iran negotiating probable return of MKO members home: official

Iran is negotiating with certain parties to encourage members of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) to return home from their dismantled bases in Iraq following the US-led invasion of that country, an official said on Wednesday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

"We announce explicitly that the Iranian government is ready to accept these individuals into the country and rid them from all the afflictions they are having now," Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters.

"We are currently negotiating with all those we think could have an influence on this (since) leaders of the grouplet have deserted their subordinates and fled the scene of the conflict," he added.

The official rang out a clear warning against sheltering members of the terrorist group, calling on world countries to extradite senior leaders of MKO.

The Islamic Republic refers to members of the group as Munafeqin or hypocrites.

"The Munafeqin are a terrorist group and according to international resolutions no country has the right to let them in and all leaders of the grouplet must be extradited to Iran for trial," Ramezanzadeh said.

The MKO, officially outlawed in Iran because of a long record of political assassinations, bomb blasts and terrorist schemes since 1981, was based in neighboring Iraq from where it planned sporadic attacks against the Islamic Republic.

Members of the group are said to be on the run following the US-led invasion and their isolated camps occupied by looters and stray dogs.

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