Iran slams Canada for delisting MKO terrorists

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has censured Canada’s move to delist the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its blacklist of terrorist organizations.

“While the international community and the world’s public opinion consider terrorism as one of the main challenges to the world and have drawn up clear regulations to fight this vicious phenomenon, the Canadian government removes the MKO from its list of terrorist organizations,” the Iranian Ministry said in statement on Monday.

“This measure does not change the terrorist nature of this group. The use of terrorism as a tool, besides being a violation of international commitments, is a dangerous act that can undermine international peace and security,” it added.

The Ministry seriously warned Canada against becoming a haven for terrorists and cautioned against the dangers of such acts to the security of the Canadian society.

The statement said the “irresponsible” measure by the current Canadian government would not remove its responsibility to provide the security of Iranian expatriates in Canada and to safeguard the assets of the Islamic Republic against any violent or terrorist act by the MKO on Canada’s soil.

Canada's government said Thursday that it had removed the MKO from its official list of terrorist organizations.

Ottawa's move to delist the MKO terrorist group followed similar moves by the United States and the European Union.

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