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US delisted MKO to use it against Iran: IRGC Commander

Source: Press TV

An Iranian commander says the US has removed the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of terrorist organizations to use the group in acts of sabotage against the Islamic Republic.

A rally in support of delisting the MKO as a terror organization in Washington on August 26.

"The US removed the group from its black list with the aim of using the MKO in creating insecurity and acts of sabotage in border areas [of Iran] and other regions where the Islamic Republic of Iran has interests," Head of the Public Relations Department of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif told IRNA on Monday.

Now that the US has removed the group from its list of terrorist organization, Iran will hold the US and MKO accountable for any future crimes against the Iranian nation in any part of the world, Sharif added.

He said at the moment questions remain as to what objectives Washington is pursuing in removing the group's name from its blacklist and if the MKO has stopped its terrorist activities.

He said that the MKO itself admitted to having a role in numerous terrorist attacks against the Iranian people and officials and added, the group also acted as the fifth column of Iraq's Ba'ath army and was Saddam Hussein's accomplice in his regime's crimes against the Iranian and Iraqi people.

On Friday, the US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations one week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move.

The MKO is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against the Iranian civilians and officials.

Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, 12,000 of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

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