U.S. Harsh Language Against Tehran Hated by Iran, World: Spokesman

June 24, 2003 - 0:0
TEHRAN (Mehr News Agency) – U.S. officials have a very little information about Iran and the kind of language they use against Tehran is hated both by the Iranian people and other peoples of the world, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamidreza Assefi said on Monday.

Assefi made the remark in response to a statement of John Bolton, Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, who told BBC Radio on Friday that military action was a last resort but insisted that Iran could not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Bolton said that U.S. President George W. Bush "has repeatedly said that all options are on the table. But that (military action) is not only not our preference, it is far far from our minds."

Iranian officials have repeatedly said that their nuclear program is mainly for peaceful purposes. The nuclear installations of Iran have been regularly monitored by the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) whose Board of Governors declined last week to condemn Iran or issue a resolution against Tehran despite U.S. pressures, only calling on Iran to sing the additional protocol to the NPT and follow more transparent policy with regard to its nuclear programs. The additional protocol provides room for short notice inspections.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on record that his country will sign the additional protocol provided that other members of the NPT, particularly the developed world, fulfilled their obligations under the same convention to transfer technological know-how and equipment to Iran for its peaceful nuclear program.

The United States cut off its ties with Iran in 1980 following the capture of its embassy by the Iranian students in November 1979 who said the U.S. was hatching plots through its embassy to undermine the Islamic Revolution.

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Iran and since the September 11 attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Organization in New York the hawks in the Bush administration have followed a tougher policy against Iran.

In post-September 11 era, the U.S. on the pretext of fighting terrorism overthrew the stone-age regime of Taliban in Afghanistan and the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein on the pretext that the regime had weapons of mass destruction.

But more than two months after of the dismantlement of Saddam’s regime, no trace of weapons of mass destruction has been found in that country.

Following its failure to convince the public opinion regarding the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the United State tilted the focus of its propaganda war against Iran to ward off pressures at home.

Bush Administration is under pressure of the democrats who have already launched their electioneering campaign for the forthcoming presidential elections.

Iran’s relations with the United States were on the verge of rapprochement during the presidency of Bill Clinton. His secretary of State Madeline Albright even prepared a roadmap for the resumption of ties, but due to the pressures of hawks in Tehran and Washington the roadmap was buried.

Foreign Ministry spokesman also there has been no secret talks between Iran and France over the detention and trial of terrorist members of Mujahedeen-e Khalq Organization. “France has acted based on its EU and international responsibilities, for the MKO is on the terrorist list of the EU and the U.S. State Department.”

French police last Tuesday launched a major crackdown on the Iranian armed terrorist group, the People's Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO), detaining more than 150 of its members in a series of dawn raids in the Paris region.

The MKO is on the terrorist list of the European Union and the U.S. State Department.

Among those arrested in the operation -- described by the French interior ministry as one of the biggest undertaken by the domestic intelligence services in the last 30 years -- was the group's Ringleader Maryam Rajavi, according to the AFP.

Iran has been demanding the extradition of the terrorist members of the MKO whose hands are tainted with blood of innocent Iranians. The MKO planted two bombs in 1981 in the offices of the Islamic Republic Party and the Prime Minister office, killing more 70 top officials, including the Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti, president Mohammad Ali Rajai and prime minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar.

In several other bombings in the holy places or public places the group killed numerous civilians and assassinated high-ranking officials.

France's counter-intelligence chief said in Paris on Friday that the terrorist Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) was beefing up its bases in France to make it a global operations center for terrorism, stressing that the group had already become "a dangerous cult".

Pierre de Bousquet, head of the DST internal security agency, told Le Figaro newspaper that the DST believed the MKO was upgrading its base in France, in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, that for years has served as their headquarters, from which they were planning to launch attacks on Iranian embassies in Europe.

After being outlawed by Iran following the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the MKO carried out numerous assassinations on Iranian officials. They have also been listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the European Union.

The French anti-terrorist police on Tuesday arrested some 160 members of the group, including Maryam Rajavi, a leader and wife of MKO chief Massoud Rajavi.

Bousquet added that this week's round-up of MKO members was justified as the group "had become a dangerous, fanatical cult, and since a long time had slipped into the logic of terrorism".

"The Mujahideen has seen a sectarian shift that illustrates the fanaticism of its militants. The dramatic immolations of recent days sadly confirm this," de Bousquet said. "Its members must show blind devotion to Massoud Rajavi and his wife, and a high price is paid for the slightest criticism."

Bousquet further said that it was the indirect consequences of the U.S. intervention in Iraq which made France hasten its action against the group.

"On the one hand activists and trained militants were heading to Auvers-sur-Oise and on the other we had intelligence from various sources which convinced us of the MKO's intention to make France a new world headquarters after losing its bases in Iraq," he said.

The dissident former members of the MKO say a cult is by far the best word to describe the inner workings of the MKO.

Five dissidents of the MKO gathered in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Saturday to discuss its fatal flaws in a small flat in the city, where one of them has been granted political asylum.

“The Mujahedeen are anything but democratic,” Karim Haggi Moni, a former “cadre” of the movement who became a dissident in the early 1990’s, told the AFP.

“The Rajavis (Mujahedeen commander Masud Rajavi and his wife Maryam, who is now in French police custody) behave like they’re God’s representatives on the earth and are responsible to no one. They brook no criticism. It feels like being in a cult,” said Haggi Moni, who used to head Maryam’s bodyguards.

Haggi Moni, a man in his early forties who first joined the Mujahedeen one year before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, said the Rajavis forced all the couples who lived in a Mujahedeen camp in Iraq - where the movement enjoyed Saddam Hussein’s protection - to split.

“All the men were separated from their wives and children. They also forced us to break all contact with our friends,” he said.

Mohammad Hossein Sobhani, a former member of the Mujahedeen’s central council in Iraq who now lives in Germany, concurred.

“The idea was to prevent spouses from giving each other support, and to compare notes on what they thought of the movement,” Sobhani said.

Dissidents in Both Germany and The Netherlands say they were forced to write detailed reports about their private lives, and also to report about other members to help leaders detect any “suspicious behavior”.