Iran hails return of repentant MKO members

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said on Wednesday the country hails return of repentant individuals residing in Camp Ashraf, Iraq.

Members of the terrorist Mujahidin Khalq Organization (MKO) are now living in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

In April, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Baghdad is determined to shut down Camp Ashraf and disband the terrorist group.

Members of the MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where they enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up Camp Ashraf near the Iranian border in Diyala.

The group has carried out numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The terror organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north.

Tehran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.

"Families of these people (MKO members) come to us frequently, calling for visiting the camp and meeting with their family members to convince them return to Iran," Moslehi told reporters on the sidelines of cabinet meeting.

"As you know people living in the camp are in a specific situation (military situation). People living there do not have access to any other media except that of their selves. However we welcome return of those members willing to go back home and are feeling remorseful."

Also regarding a new computer worm which may have damaged computer systems, he said, "we have taken appropriate measures in this regard. We have given required warnings for confrontation of the virus as we managed to do regarding stuxnext."

"Americans have acknowledged that the Islamic Republic of Iran had best confronted the virus (stuxnet)," Moslehi noted.

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