‘US police indifferent to MKO assault on Iran diplomat’‎

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.‎