McCormack :the MEK, is considered a terrorist organization

QUESTION: Today an Iranian dissident said that the military program — the military nuclear program was suspended in 2003, but it — that it restarted in 2004. So that actually it was alive. It was still working — it’s working. Do you have any information about that? MR. MCCORMACK: I don’t, Sylvie. I can only just refer you back to the consensus intelligence estimate that we released last week from our intelligence community.

QUESTION: But this guy is the one who actually made revelation in 2002 about (inaudible). MR. MCCORMACK: Sylvie, I can’t — you know, can’t offer any comment beyond the fact that our intelligence community — 16 intelligence agencies in that community — came up with a consensus assessment. This was what it was. And I can’t speak to this. And you know, they had access to a whole variety of different information. They actually went back and carefully went through all the information that they had and came up with this assessment. QUESTION: Okay. I have a small question. This guy is the former spokesman from the National Council of Islamic Resistance. MR. MCCORMACK: Mm-hmm. QUESTION: Is it a group that you consider as a terrorist? MR. MCCORMACK: Well, the MEK, the Mujahedin-e Khalq is considered a terrorist organization. QUESTION: But not the National — MR. MCCORMACK: Sylvie, I can’t tell you — QUESTION: You don’t know. MR. MCCORMACK: — off the top of my head, you know, where they fall. I think this is a group that was in some way constituted in the United States. I can’t tell you exactly how we view them. You’d probably get a better read on that from the Department of Justice or the FBI.

Daily Press Briefing Sean McCormack, Spokesman Washington, DC. December 11, 2007

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