The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), which has often collaborated with the Israeli spy agency Mossad against the interests of the Islamic Republic, has the blood of thousands of innocent Iranians on their hands, says an analyst.
The comment comes after Washington formally removed the MKO from its list of terrorist organizations on September 28, one week after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the US Congress a classified communication about the move.
The group had been formally described by the US State Department as a "foreign terrorist organization” for the past 15 years.
The Bush administration had claimed that one of its reasons for attacking Iraq in 2003 was Saddam Hussein’s support for "international terrorism," including Iraq’s "sheltering" of the MKO as a major example.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a September 29 statement that Tehran strongly condemns Washington’s irresponsible move, which is against the international and legal commitments of the US.
The Islamic Republic holds the US government responsible for the terrorist acts carried out by the MKO in the past, present and the future, the statement added.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Kamel Wazne, political analyst from Beirut to further discuss the development.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: I wanted to get your reaction to the removal of the MKO from this terror black list.
Wazne: Well, this is the United States, at best, supporting a terrorist organization when it feels it is in the interests of the United States and its agenda.
There is no mistake that the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization, their hands are filled with blood from innocent people in Iran.
They were involved in bombing the headquarters of the Iranian parliament. They assassinated the previous president of Iran. They actually bombed industrial facilities inside Iran.
They actually worked with intelligence, especially with the Israeli Mossad against the interests of Iranians.
They have a hand in the latest assassination against Iranian scientists. And they fought with Saddam Hussein against their own people, and they invaded a part of Iran at the end of the, you know, cessation of war between Iran and Iraq.
So there is a lot of blood on their hands. Thousands of innocent Iranians were murdered at the hands of this organization.
In the end, the United States listed [them] as a terrorist organization because the fact and merit of the evidence indicated they actually killed innocent people. But today, [with] politics, as we see from the Obama administration and from the Secretary of State, it is removed from the terrorist organization.
But make no mistake, this organization, all the evidence, all the circumstances, the verdict rendered in the court system whether in the United States or around the world, they know exactly these entities, the blood on their hands. It is a shame on the United States.
Press TV: As you mentioned the MKO has a lot of blood on its hands, so what is the US plan with aligning itself with such a group?
Wazne: The United States is actually aligning itself with al-Qaeda because it fights with the Syrians. I think it allies itself with the Mujahedin-e Khalq because they are against the Iranians and the Iranian people.
For that reason, America goes with the devil for their own political purpose because they have no integrity and no dignity, and they stand against everything that they proclaim they fight for.
When they say they fight terrorism, now they actually are in bed with the same terrorist organization that they said they fought with al-Qaeda or the Mujahedin-e Khalq; it is because they are against the Iranian people.
The crime that the Mujahedin-e Khalq is committing against the Iranian people, I think the Americans are doing indirectly through economic sanctions because economic sanctions are a crime — as a terrorist organization.