U.S., UK Strongly Condemn MKO's Bombing in Tehran

June 6, 1998 - 0:0
WASHINGTON, The United States on Wednesday strongly condemned the bomb attack in Tehran claimed by terrorist Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO). The United States government strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Tehran, State Department Spokesman James Rubin said in a statement. We offer our condolences to the victims, he said. We note that the MKO has claimed responsibility for the attack, Rubin said, adding that U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has included the group on the list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Meanwhile, the British government Friday condemned the bomb attack at an Islamic Revolution court in Tehran by the Iraqi-based terrorist Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO). A Foreign Office spokesman said that Britain had heard with regret about the tragedy of the explosion and had conveyed it sympathies to the Iranian Embassy and sent condolences to the families of the victims. We condemn terrorism wherever it is committed and whatever the motivation, he said, adding that the British presidency of the European Union and chairmanship of the G-8 continues to promote effective action against terrorism.

The condemnation follows the MKO admitting responsibility for Tuesday explosion in which a court staff member and two passers-by were martyred. The UK government has long recognized the anti-Iran grouplet as a terrorist organization but allows television broadcasts to be received on a satellite channel that promotes its campaign of terror aimed at overthrowing Iran's elected government.