Iran has expressed formal protest to Italy for its support for the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, said on Monday.
Qashqavi made the remarks commenting on Rome’s recent decision to unfreeze the terrorist group’s assets.
MKO is recognized as a terrorist group for many cases of bombings, killings and attacks against civilians and government officials.
The group is also well known for collaboration with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hossein to suppress the Iraqi Kurds.
"We have expressed our protest through diplomatic channels to say that the sectarian and terrorist nature of MKO has not changed," he said in his weekly press conference.
Noting that MKO was responsible for killing of 12,000 innocent Iranian, Kurd and Iraqi Shiite people, Qashqavi said the group is still in the list of terrorist organizations for its crimes.
"The Western intelligence agencies have massive information about MKO’s crimes and cannot claim that it has gone through any change," the spokesman added.