'Iran fully aware of US support for MKO'‎

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the Islamic Republic has detailed knowledge of the ‎United States’ support for the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO).‎

“We have currently accurate information that the United States and even some European countries ‎provide the MKO with lots of equipment and facilities,” Moslehi said on Monday adding that the global ‎arrogance supports the MKO only to keep it alive.‎

Referring to the US decision to remove the MKO from the State Department’s blacklist of terrorist ‎organizations, Moslehi added that the Islamic Republic has always considered the terrorist cell an ‎agent of the global arrogance.‎

‎ ”We predicted that the global arrogance will one day reveal its support for them [MKO] due to ‎advantages it has taken of this group during the [Islamic] Revolution era,” he said.‎

Members of the MKO, who have murdered over ‎‏17,000‏‎ Iranians since the ‎‏1979‏‎ Islamic Revolution in ‎Iran, fled to Iraq in the ‎‏1980‏s, where they had the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ‎and set up Camp Ashraf in the eastern province of Diyala near the Iranian border.‎

The group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, has also ‎carried out countless terrorist acts against Iraqi civilians.‎

Iran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the MKO, but the US has been putting ‎pressure on Baghdad to resist the calls.‎

Moslehi also referred to Tehran’s successful hosting of the ‎‏16‏th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ‎summit saying that enemies tried to “create a special atmosphere to say that the Islamic Republic is ‎not in a position to hold this summit.”‎

He said that despite threats posed by the global arrogance, Iran managed to hold the summit with very ‎high security which cannot be compared to similar events held elsewhere in the world whose behind-‎the-scenes are kept secret.‎

‎“We know about what happened behind the scenes of the [‎‏2012‏‎] Olympic Games in Britain…but they ‎keep them secret in order not to lose face,” Moslehi noted.‎