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Norway has 'no plans' to act against MKO's European headquarters

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that it has no plans to act against the Mujahedin-e Khaq Organization (MKO) terrorist group, whose European headquarters are in Norway, IRNA reported from London.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist group by Britain and the US State Department. Its leaders are also banished from most European countries, but it has not yet been proscribed by the EU or the UN.

"The USA's list has nothing to do with us, but in connection with the EU list, which we do follow, we have authority to pursue the group if they do something illegal in Norway," Foreign Affairs press spokesman Karsten Klepsvik was quoted as saying by Aftenposten daily.

He said that "if this group had been on the United Nations terror list, we would have had obligations of international law to examine how they are financed and what their members do."

The refusal by Norway to act comes amid reports that the US is considering to use the MKO as a proxy army against Iran. The Pentagon has "suggested it could be renamed and operate with clandestine American help", according to London's Daily Telegraph.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) said that several Norwegian Middle East experts were concerned about the support being offered to the terrorist group.

Kari Vogt from the University of Oslo said that the MKO themselves were "extremely unpopular with the Iranian people." She described them as undemocratic and violent.

She accused Norway of being a "bit more willing" in its policy towards the terrorist group. Other European nations, she suggested, have "gotten extremely cold feet towards them".

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