Iran’s foreign minister says former US President George W. Bush’s so-called war on terror has actually served as a guise for training terrorists.
“Does fighting terrorism mean supporting professional killers?” Manouchehr Mottaki asked at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast who accompanied him on the trip.
“The US must explain why it has scheduled a meting with AbdolMalek Rigi. The US must explain what AbdolMalek Rigi was doing at the US base in Afghanistan and why he was going to meet high-ranking US officials at the US Manas base near the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek,” he added.
Last week, Iranian security forces captured ringleader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, while he was on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan.
“Doesn’t the US know that over 400 people have been killed or wounded in criminal activities carried out by this group?” Mottaki asked.
Mehmanparast said that the Iranian foreign minister had also criticized the United States’ European allies for removing the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from their list of terrorist groups.
The MKO, listed as a terrorist group in Iran, Iraq, Canada, and the US, has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly attacks against Iranian government officials and civilians over the past 30 years.
The attacks include the assassination of the late president Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, prime minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar and judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti.
The MKO is also known to have cooperated with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.
The organization is, moreover, notorious for using cult-like intimidation tactics against its own members, such as the torture and murder of defectors.