Adversaries Trying to Take Advantage of Coronavirus Outbreak in Iran: Envoy
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad highlighted the anti-Tehran currents’ hypocritical approach to the outbreak of coronavirus and said they are trying to misuse the issue to tarnish the Islamic Republic’s image in the world.
In a post on social media on Tuesday night, Baeidinejad said the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO or MEK) and other anti-Iran currents abroad have devised “a hypocritical media policy” trying to “put the public opinion into an intellectual deadlock” by misusing the issue of the coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic.
“These days, thousands of tweets and fake information are produced by the MKO with the common notion that foreign medical items are contaminated and that (Iran’s) people should refrain from using them,” he said.
The anti-Iran current is trying to mislead public opinion by launching the hashtag ‘infected kits’ in the cyberspace by creating fake religious profiles, he added.
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.