Spokesman for Iran’s UN mission in New York Ali-Reza Miryousefi says the US is in no position to accuse other countries of supporting terrorism.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a victim of state terrorism which has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Iranians,” Miryousefi was quoted as saying on Friday.
Referring to Washington’s long term support for terrorist groups in the region, including Israeli-sponsored terrorism, Miryousefi said the US is in no position to accuse other countries of supporting terrorist activities.
The Iranian official cited the removal of the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) from the US list of terrorist organizations as an indication of the country’s double standard policy with regards to terrorism.
In September 2012, the MKO was taken off the US State Department’s blacklist, and opened an office near the White House in Washington for the first time in 11 years in April 2013.
The MKO has carried out numerous acts of violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, some 12,000 of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.
The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it received the support of Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up camp near the Iranian border.