Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki participated in a news conference in Thailand to answer questions on latest developments in Iran’s foreign relations.
In response to question by a correspondent of Jane’s Defense that the US controls more than 3000 MKO members in Iraq, and that Iran accuses the US of plotting secret plans against Iran, Mottaki said:
"The US and Europe have for long time entangled themselves in this complicated situation; they condemn terrorism and designate the MKO as a terrorist organization on one hand and support this group on the other. Members of this group were in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power, and he (Saddam) couldn’t do anything against Iran. This group has performed terrorist operations and has assassinated different Iranian figures but nothing has happened because the revolution is not based on a particular person. If there’s concern, it’s for the other side, not for Iran."
Mehr News, March 1, 2006