The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday warning Canada against becoming a safe haven for terrorists.
The statement was issued in response to the fact that the Canadian government announced on December 20 that it had removed the Mojahedin Khalq Organization, whose members are known as munafiqin (hypocrites who claim to be Muslims) in Iran, from its list of terrorist groups.
The move to delist the MKO followed similar moves by the United States and the European Union.
In addition to the assassination of hundreds of Iranian officials and citizens, the MKO cooperated with Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime in its repression of the Iraqi people in the 1980s.
The group claims it renounced violence in 2001.
Following is the text of the Iranian Foreign Ministry statement:
Under the circumstances where the international community and the world’s people regard terrorism as one of the world’s major woes and have specified certain commitments in order to combat this evil phenomenon, the current Canadian government removed the name of the terrorist munafiqin group from the country’s list of terrorist groups.
The move does not change the terrorist nature of the group, and using terrorism as a tool, besides the fact that it is in contravention of international commitments, is a dangerous action that can undermine international peace and security.
While seriously warning Canada against becoming a safe haven for terrorists and the repercussions of such an attitude for the security of the Canadian society, the Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes that the irresponsible measure of the current Canadian government goes against the country’s responsibility to protect the security of Iranian citizens residing in Canada and the properties of the Islamic Republic of Iran against any violent and terrorist action by the group’s elements on Canadian soil.