Iran says Britain backs terrorist group

Iran accused Britain of supporting an exiled group that the Islamic state says planned terrorist acts in the country, the official IRNA news agency said.

Iran says Britain backs terrorist group

 

Iran accused Britain on Wednesday of supporting an exiled group that the Islamic state says planned terrorist acts in the country, the official IRNA news agency said.

"The Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to express its harsh criticism over backing of his country and some other Western states of the group that wanted to carry out terrorist acts in the country," IRNA said.

There was no immediate comment from the British Foreign Office.

Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested members of an exiled opposition group who planned to carry out "terrorist activities" in Tehran on the first anniversary of the country's disputed presidential election on June 12.

The report said members of the Mujahideen Khalq Organisation (MKO) were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry before they could carry out their plans to detonate bombs in "a few squares in Tehran".

In an email to the media on Wednesday, the group denied its members had been arrested in Tehran, saying that "by falsely alleging that those arrested had gone from Iraq to Iran, the establishment was setting the stage for launching an attack on Camp Ashraf" in Iraq, home to several thousand members of the group.

Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi did not say how many were detained or when. The government said those arrested were trained in Iraq.

Iran's presidential election last year was followed by violent street protests, the most serious unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The opposition says the vote was rigged to secure President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.

Authorities deny the allegation, accusing the opposition of being part of a Western plot to overthrow the Islamic system.

Iran is at odds with the West over its nuclear programme, which the United States and its European allies say is a cover to build atomic weapons.

Last week, the U.N. Security Council passed a fourth set of sanctions intended to curb Iran's nuclear programme.

Iran, the world's fifth largest crude oil exporter, insists it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Reuters

Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2010, 20:31
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