MEK remains on U.S. blacklist

The U.S. State Department's annual report on terrorism, issued on July 31, again listed Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, a.k.a. MEK and PMOI) as a foreign terrorist organization.

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department released its congressionally mandated Country Report on Terrorism, which provides an overview of terrorist activities in the previous year, while it still bears the name of the Mujahedin-e Khalq.

In 1997, when the U.S. Department of State first established the FTO list, MEK was placed on the blacklist since it has engaged in terrorism against six U.S. military personnel and civilians working in Iran during the 1970s.

Although the terrorist group claims to have renounced terrorism in 2003, but a 2004 FBI report states that a “Los Angeles investigation has determined that the MEK is currently actively involved in planning and executing acts of terrorism.”

MEK terrorist group also belongs to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), a publication of OFAC which lists individuals and organizations with whom United States persons are prohibited from doing business. 

Earlier in June, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List while the name of the terrorist MEK group was there for 9 consecutive years.


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