Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has criticized the US plan to remove the Iraqi-based Iranian opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), from the list of terrorist organizations and keep it on Iraqi soil away from the Iranian border.
"All countries and states have legal and conventional obligations to fight terrorism, and we urge the Americans to honour their obligations," Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly news conference on 10 May which was broadcast live by Iran’s state news channel (IRINN).
"Any support for terrorist groups is a violation of international agreements, and the hypocrites’ group [referring to the MKO] has an absolutely clear case in the issue of terrorism," he said.
"The fact that Western countries intend to support terrorist activities in various ways and make their own countries a safe haven for their presence and activities is strongly condemned by world public opinion," he said.
Mehmanparast also urged the Iraqi authorities to expel members of the MKO from their territory.
Translated by BBC Monitoring