‘US delisted MKO to use it against Iran’‎

An Iranian commander says the US has removed the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its ‎list of terrorist organizations to use the group in acts of sabotage against the Islamic Republic.‎

“The US removed the group from its black list with the aim of using the MKO in creating insecurity and ‎acts of sabotage in border areas [of Iran] and other regions where the Islamic Republic of Iran has ‎interests,” Head of the Public Relations Department of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) ‎Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif told IRNA on Monday.‎

Now that the US has removed the group from its list of terrorist organization, Iran will hold the US and ‎MKO accountable for any future crimes against the Iranian nation in any part of the world, Sharif ‎added.‎

‎ He said at the moment questions remain as to what objectives Washington is pursuing in removing ‎the group’s name from its blacklist and if the MKO has stopped its terrorist activities.‎

He said that the MKO itself admitted to having a role in numerous terrorist attacks against the Iranian ‎people and officials and added, the group also acted as the fifth column of Iraq’s Ba’ath army and was ‎Saddam Hussein’s accomplice in his regime’s crimes against the Iranian and Iraqi people.‎

On Friday, the US formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations one week after ‎Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move.‎

The MKO is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against the Iranian civilians and ‎officials.‎

Out of the ‎‏17,000‏‎ Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in ‎‏1979‏‎, ‎‏12,000‏‎ of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.‎