TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (Mehr News Agency) -- A Majlis representative said on Monday that Tehran and Baghdad have politically agreed that members of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization should be expelled from Iraq. The MKO known as hypocrites in Iraq are designated as a terrorist group by the European Union and the U.S. State Department.
"The subject of expelling hypocrites (MKO) from Iraq is a joint diplomacy of Iran and Iraq," Javad Karimi told the Mehr News Agency in Mashhad.
Karimi added, "The Iraqi president, prime minister and lawmakers have repeatedly insisted on this point."
Karimi, who represents Mashhad, said the U.S. is trying to abort the plan but it cannot "legally" do anything. He also said no much time left for MKO members in Iraq.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman announced late August that MKO has been given a six-month deadline to leave the country.
"After the expulsion of hypocrites in Iraq we should seek the handover of the hypocrites' leaders as war criminals to The Hague court," insisted Karimi who sits on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
He said MKO members are trying to go to Jordan.
"A few Jordanian politicians support hypocrites," he added.
MKO was set up in the mid-1960s to oppose the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. It participated in Iran's revolution but soon launched a campaign of assassinations and bombings in Iran.
The group moved to Iraq in the early 1980s and it fought Iran from there until the United States invaded in 2003. The Americans have since disarmed thousands of the group's members and confined them to a camp near Baghdad.
Saddam Hussein used the group in his suppression of the Kurdish and Shia uprisings in northern and southern Iraq.
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