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Iran, US, and the MEK

| October 8, 2012

"On September 28, 2012, the Obama administration announced the removal of the Mojahedin-e Khalgh (variously referred to as the MEK, MKO, or PMOI) from the U.S. State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). After the collapse of the regime of its main benefactor, Saddam Hussein, this militant group has engaged the US legislative branch and main lobby groups in Washington D.C. and has made significant contributions to various Congressmen in exchange for their expression of support and participation at MEK gathering. Removing the MEK from terrorism list opens the door to Congressional funding of the organization to continue its terrorist activities and attacks in Iran, thus also making war with Iran far more likely.

The current state of US-Iran relations are at their lowest point from 1875, when the first commercial relations between Iran and United States was established. Currently, there is no diplomatic connection between the two countries, academic exchanges are minimal, the media in each country have no access to the other and the information each nation has on the other can only be obtained indirectly and inefficiently, and so is also inevitably biased and inaccurate. Allowing the MEK to carry out its agenda of influencing US foreign policy with respect to Iran can only lead to a deepening of this crisis...."

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For Academic Citation: Maleki, Abbas and Cyrus Safdari.“Iran, US, and the MEK.” Iran Review, October 8, 2012.

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