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Iran welcomes Canada's move to keep MKO on terrorist list

Tehran, Dec 8, IRNA - Iran welcomed Canada's move to keep terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization in its list of terrorist groups, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, said on Monday.

The Canadian government has recently decided to keep the anti-Iran terrorist group in its list of 41 terrorist groups and organizations.

Canada's Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan declared that Ottawa has decided, in its final review of the terrorist groups' criminal list, to keep the MKO group in its terrorist list after considering all aspects of its activities in the past and present.

The MKO is designated as a terrorist organization by several countries including the US and EU.

It has been involved in terrorist operations against Iran following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-88).

The terrorist group is also known for supporting Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein and its collaboration in the massacre of Iraqi Kurdistan population under Saddam Hussein.

Qashqavi criticized a Luxembourg court for excluding the terrorist group from its black list calling it a "hasty and politicized act." "Nothing has changed about the terrorist nature of the terrorist group. They are still following the same individuals, ideology and manifest," said the spokesman.

He added that public opinion was waiting for trial of the MKO's figures as they were agents of the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein.

Qashqavi also called for united action in line with the international campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking and bandits.

"Iran is the pioneer of anti-terrorism campaign and the fight against drugs smuggling."

Some 14 Iranian policemen who had been taken hostage by notorious armed bandit group, Rigi, operating on border areas with Pakistan, eastern Iran were recently killed by the bandits.

Iran protest to Germany over MKO ringleader visit

Tehran, Dec 8, IRNA - Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi protested to Germany over terrorist Mujahideen Khalq organization ringleader's visit to the country.

In a meeting on Sunday with German Ambassador to Iran Herbert Honsowitz, the Iranian MP stressed that the move was unjustifiable.

He added that it was not good for Tehran-Berlin relations.

Hosting terrorist MKO ringleader would provoke Iranians sentiments against Germany, Boroujerdi added.

His was referring to the late November visit to Germany by ringleader of terrorist MKO Maryam Rajavi.

The German ambassador on his part stressed that Berlin has no contact with the terrorist group.

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Iran Interlink: Iran Interlink has been established as a point of contact for families and friends of members of the Iranian Mojahedin-e Khalq (aka MKO, MEK, PMOI, NCR, NCRI, NLA, MISS) which is now based in Iraq. Among its aims is "to inform as widely as possible about the real nature of the Iranian Mojahedin Khalq cult and to act as a pressure group in this regard."

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