Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says US police was indifferent to the assault on Iranian diplomats in New York City.
“Unfortunately we witnessed a form of US police indifference regarding the actions of [terrorist members of] the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and no matter how many times we gestured to the police that they need to stop the attacks of these individuals, they remained apathetic,” said Mehmanparast.
The Iranian diplomat, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, added that the police only intervened when the attack intensified and later released a statement that the incident had taken place.
The Iranian diplomat pointed out that the host country is responsible for the safety of diplomats and permitting such an incident to occur is not befitting the US as a host.
MKO supporters attacked Mehmanparast near the United Nations headquarters and in the presence of New York City police on September 26.
NYPD and 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.
“It is unfortunate to witness such behavior towards our country and to see the West permitting this [terrorist] cell continue its activities,” Mehmanparast added.
The MKO is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians as well as Iraqis.
On September 21, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the decision to remove the MKO from the US State Department's list of terrorist organizations.