PARIS (Reuters) – The United States should remove the main exiled Iranian opposition group from its blacklist of outlawed terrorist organizations, President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser said Wednesday.
Gen. James Jones, who as the top national security official in the White House until last November pursued a diplomatic opening with Iran, said he knew of no evidence that the People’s Mujahideen were involved in terrorism.
The issue had gained new urgency since Iraqi troops attacked a camp which is home to some 3,400 Mujahideen members and their relatives northeast of Baghdad on April 8, killing 35 people and wounding more than 200, he said.
Asked whether Washington should take the Mujahideen off the blacklist, the former NATO supreme commander said: “I haven’t seen any reason not to. I haven’t heard any reason not to.”
He said it was “odd” that the United States and the Iranian government would agree on any group being a terrorist organization, given their many differences.