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State Department removes terrorist group MKO from list

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by Joseph Earnest  October 1, 2012            

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.The U.S. State Department removed the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) also referred to as MKO and PMOI terrorist group from the list of terrorist organizations on Friday September 28. The logic behind the removal of the group was MEK's public renunciation of violence, the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade, and their cooperation in the peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf, their historic paramilitary base, according to the State Department.


In a statement, the State Department said, "Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. These actions are effective today. Property and interests in property in the United States or within the possession or control of U.S. persons will no longer be blocked, and U.S. entities may engage in transactions with the MEK without obtaining a license."


The statement further read, "The Department does not overlook or forget the MEK’s past acts of terrorism, including its involvement in the killing of U.S. citizens in Iran in the 1970s and an attack on U.S. soil in 1992.


Full statement by the State Department is here. (pop-up)


Iran has condemned the delisting of the group, that it believes to still be a danger and threat to the stability of the Islamic Republic.  Add Comments>>





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