Iran’s Foreign Ministry Warns About MEK, Condemns Boston Marathon Bombing

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Ramin Mehmanparast, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that the bombing that took place at the Boston marathon was “event that affects everyone.” He said that “I believe that all governments should work to establish peace and security for all people of the world. The roots of these extremist and terrorist acts must be dried, and by no means should any type of violence be justified.”

Mehmanparast also appears to have taken a swipe at US support for the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MEK, sometimes referred to as MKO), which recently opened a lobbying office in Washington, DC, after being taken off the State Department’s terrorist list by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Various former government officials have put their support behind the MEK, which supports confronting Iran under stricter terms.

Mehmanparast said that “Giving permission for terrorist groups to operate and removing them from the terrorist list under the excuse of freedom will ultimately lead to instability and will affect all of the people.” He said that “some political circles and some governments might feel that there are positive aspects to securing their own interests by supporting extremists groups.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that “as we know, terrorists and extremists cause harm to everyone, and by no means should anyone justify supporting them whether in the Middle East, America or any point in the world.” He added, “We believe that the freedom to operate politically should not be a threat to innocent and ordinary lives.”

Iran and some Western media have accused the MEK of continuing terrorist activities, and in particular of having a role in the assassination of the country’s nuclear scientists. The MEK has denied any involvement in the assassinations.

1 killed, 28 Wounded in Strongest Quake to Hit Iran in 50 Years

The 7.8 earthquake that hit southeast Iran was the strongest earthquake to hit the country in over 50 years. The earthquake near Khash by the Iran-Pakistan border was felt from the UAE to India and has reportedly left dozens dead in Pakistan.

The Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran where this earthquake was centered is sparsely populated. The city of Khash has a population of approximately 70,000, and the closest large city, Zahedan, has a population of half a million.

As of now, according to the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA), the earthquake has left one person dead in the city of Khash from a landslide. Approximately 28 people have been injured. Iran’s English-language Press TV initially reported that 40 people had been killed. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) predicted fatalities would be much higher. However, Mehr has reported that the city of Saravan has reported aftershocks as large as 5.6 magnitude, and that residents should still stay on alert. Many residents of the affected areas have left their homes and are staying outdoors.