The State Department has decided to remove an exiled Iranian opposition group from its list of terrorist organizations, according to senior U.S. officials, in a move likely to infuriate Tehran and further complicate stalled talks over Iran's nuclear program.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, was put on the list in 1997 because of its military alliance with Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein and an assassination campaign it launched against American officials in Tehran during the 1970s, according to U.S. diplomats.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has authorized the removal of the MeK from the State Department's terrorism list, according to U.S. officials, and notified Congress on Friday about her intent to take the action.
The delisting will allow the MeK to take a more active role in fundraising and lobbying inside the U.S. Some Western critics of the group fear Congress may seek to channel funds to the organization, similar to the way it supported Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi beginning in the 1990s in his bid to unseat Mr. Hussein.
MeK representatives on Friday said they hadn't yet been officially notified by the State Department or Congress, but said that Mrs. Clinton's decision would aid their campaign against Tehran.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444620104578010513465773792.html?mod=googlenews_wsj