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Iran says will pursue news on transfer of MKO to northwest borders

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced on Wednesday that Iran will pursue the news on transfer of Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) members to the Qandil Mountains at Iran's northwestern borders.

A PKK source disclosed on Tuesday that the White House had in a message called on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to harbor MKO members in the mountainous areas on the Iraq-Iran-Turkey borders.

Najjar, who was speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet session, said that the issue is under consideration. He added that the global arrogance and outsiders take advantage of any opportunity to deal a blow to the Islamic Republic.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization internationally by a number of states and organizations including the United States, the United Nations, NATO and the European Union.

Earlier, Nazem Dabbagh, a representative of Iraq's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Iran, had refuted the news, saying that the PUK reserves the right to file a lawsuit against those publishing it.

How is it possible that MKO members, who have been tried by the Iraqi government and have been ordered to leave the country, settle in another part of Iraq? Dabbaq asked.

Established in 1977, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan works for self-determination, human rights, democracy and peace for the Kurdish people of Kurdistan and Iraq.

Certain people are striving to destroy friendly relations between the Iraqi Kurdistan region and Iran, Dabbaq added.

According to Iraqi resources about 3,400 MKO members are held at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province near the border with Iran.

Mojahedin Khalq Organization is referred to as hypocrites in Iran.

The MKO began a campaign of assassinations and bombings in Iran shortly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The group moved to Iraq in the early 1980s and fought Iran from there until the United States invaded the country in March 2003.

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