US to Pay for Supporting Terrorism: Iranian Spokesman
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed US Senator John McCain for his recent meeting with members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), saying Washington will pay a price for supporting terrorism.
Speaking at his press conference in Tehran on Monday, Qassemi denounced the meeting between McCain and anti-Iran MKO terrorists in Albania as a sign of Washington’s unchanging policy of spreading terrorism in the region.
“The meeting demonstrated that despite the change of the US administration, they are still pursuing their terrorism-fostering policies,” he said.
The Iranian spokesman further emphasized that the US government will pay for supporting terror groups.
McCain, R-Ariz, met with the MKO members in Tirana on Friday, talking about his opposition to the Islamic Republic and pledging continued support for the group.
The MKO - listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community - fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.
The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.
More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.