EU Foreign Ministers Replace Iran Oil Ban with Support for Terrorist Group

EU foreign ministers shocked the world when they announced measures to support the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) after they failed to reach an agreement to impose an oil embargo against Iran.

Crisis-hit Greece has said 'No' to an EU oil ban on Iran, causing relief among other member states. Britain and France, the most hawkish EU countries, failed to convince other member states to impose oil embargos on Iran.

The developments took place at an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that Greece, which relies on Iranian oil, had objected to a ban on buying it.

"Greece has put forward a number of reservations," Juppe said. "We have to take that into account."

Iran is a major energy exporters and presides of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

But, when a number of hawkish EU member states realized that they cannot sanction Iran's oil due to the opposition of several members and the serious repercussions of such a move on their own and the global economy, they started discussing support for the terrorist MKO to pressure Tehran.

The bloc is seeking to rescue the group's members who mostly reside in Northern Iraq. The MKO's main training camp, known as Camp Ashraf, houses about 3,400 MKO terrorists although many of them are dissident members who intend to defect the group and are kept in the camp despite their will.

Iraq has said Camp Ashraf must be closed by the end of this year.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after the meeting that she is "in discussion and dialogue" with EU member states, the UN, the US and the Iraqi government over the well-being of those living in Camp Ashraf.