Mohammad Javad Larijani: "MKO is just another version of Daesh terrorists"
The secretary of Headquarters of Human Rights of Iran, Mohammad Javad Larijani, stressed that MKO terrorists are just another version of Daesh terrorists.
Iran press/Irannews: Speaking in Mashhad in north eastern Iran at a commemoration ceremony on Friday, the secretary of Headquarters of Human Rights of Iran emphasized the power of the Islamic Republic within the world of Islam, adding: "The Americans thought Iran's Islamic revolution will soon wither away, but here we are, four decades later, this same Islamic revolution has scuttled all the plans, plots and schemes of the arrogant powers, and it is for this reason that America is visibly hostile towards Iran. We have scuppered all their plans and schemes. Shia Muslims and the followers of the Prophet's Ahl-ul-Beit (the Prophet's household peace be upon them) are bearing the brunt of US attacks."
In further remarks, Mohammad Javad Larijani said: "The numbers of the followers of the Ahl-ul-Beit (the Prophet's household peace be upon them) has increased at an unprecedented rate in recent years. The enemies of Islam know that if the followers of the Ahl-ul-Beit have their way, their evil and nefarious objectives will never be realized. The Americans wanted to limit Iran's power in the nuclear negotiations which went on for many years. Their aim wasn't just to stop nuclear enrichment in Iran -- they didn't want us to have any nuclear technology at all! They wanted to deprive us of our civilian nuclear industry. Peaceful nuclear technology has at least 150 sub-branches and applications."
Turning to MKO terrorists Larijani said: "MKO terrorists are just Daesh terrorists (also known as ISIS terrorists) who have shaved off their beards. They truly believe in 'violence without borders'. They use Saudi money to commit crimes against humanity".
The secretary of the Headquarters of Human Rights added: "In order to root out the MKO, we need to be very sensitive to any deviation from Islam, and we must be vigilant. There is a narration (hadith) from Imam Ja'far Sadegh (peace be upon him) which says: "Carefully monitor the line taken by Bani Ommayeh; because there is no end to this deviant line".
Some member of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MKO) left Iran to stay in Iraq, where Saddam Hussein, who invaded Iran in 1980, gave them a haven. Many took up arms and fought against their Iranian countrymen, earning the group the unofficial nickname monafegheen, or the “hypocrites.” That title has stuck, and most Iranians inside the country, regardless of their political tendencies, refer to them as such.The group is loathed by most Iranians, mainly for the traitorous act of fighting alongside the enemy.
The group was long a fixture on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations for having killed American citizens. John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser and others successfully lobbied to have the designation removed in 2012. That did little to change how average Iranians think of the organization.
Bolton’s hawkish views on Iran mirror those of Israel, Saudi Arabia and one of his key ideological partners, the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MKO).