US plan to delist MKO terrorist group another wrong step: Iran UN mission

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Iran has warned against a US decision to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its blacklist of terrorist organizations, saying it would be another “wrong step” by the US administration.

Spokesman for Iran’s UN mission in New York Alireza Miryousefi made the remark on Thursday, a day after the MKO supporters attacked Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast near the United Nations headquarters and in the presence of New York City police.

Mehmanparast and several other Iranian officials were walking to their hotel when they were surrounded and assaulted by supporters of the anti-Iran MKO terrorists.

“This is while the name of this group is to be taken out of the list of US [State Department] terrorist groups and such violent behaviors must be expected of this terrorist sect,” Miryousefi said.

Miryousefi added that the US government is responsible for the security of all diplomats attending the UN meetings as the host to the world body.

New York City police and the US security forces made no arrests as the attackers physically abused members of the Iranian delegation accompanying Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his visit to the United States to address the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.

However, the United States is reportedly planning to remove the MKO from the US State Department’s list of terrorist organizations.

On September 21, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the decision.

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