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BERLIN (AP) — The Iranian authorities has expressed anger over the looks of senior European and U.S. politicians at a rally in help of an opposition group that has lengthy sought to overthrow Iran’s theocratic rulers — and which was as soon as thought of a terror group by the West.

Iran’s official IRNA information company reported that the nation’s international ministry on Sunday summoned Slovenia’s envoy in Tehran over a video message by the EU nations’ prime minister on the occasion hosted by the Nationwide Council of Resistance of Iran.

The NRCI is the political wing of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, which is taken into account a terror group by Iran and was as soon as designated as such by the US till it was delisted in 2012. The EU eliminated the group from its terrorism checklist in 2009.

A whole lot of individuals rallied Saturday in entrance of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, whereas audio system together with former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and quite a few serving U.S. senators from throughout the aisle lauded the NRCI and its goals.

Pompeo, who defended the Trump administration’s hard-line stance in opposition to Iran over its nuclear program, claimed in his video handle that the Iranian authorities was “at its most precarious state” for the reason that 1979 Islamic Revolution and known as for sustained strain on Tehran.

The previous prime U.S. diplomat additionally in contrast Iran’s newly elected president, Ebrahim Raisi, to a “mass assassin” for his function within the execution of 1000’s of Iranian political prisoners in 1988.

“The USA ought to take the result in maintain him accountable for the crimes in opposition to humanity that he dedicated,” stated Pompeo, including that the U.S. authorities ought to inform allies in Europe and Asia in the event that they cope with Raisi, “the US will maintain them accountable as nicely.”

Pompeo praised the NRCI, whose funding is unclear and which has previously paid international politicians to look at its rallies, urging the group to “sustain the combat.”

“Could your mission be blessed and guarded, might the Iranian folks be blessed,” stated the Republican, who has refused to rule out operating within the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

Pompeo’s help for the group was echoed by Brazile, who praised the “outstanding braveness and management” of the NRCI’s president, Maryam Rajavi.

Additionally talking through the occasion have been Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Republican Sens. Roy Blunt and Ted Cruz, the previous U.Ok. Home of Commons Speaker John Bercow, former Italian International Minister Franco Frattini, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others.

Iran slammed Western politicians participating within the occasion, with International Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh accusing them of “(promoting) themselves low-cost for a Europe-hosted circus organized by a as soon as Saddam-backed terrorist cult with Iranian blood on its palms.”

The ministry additionally condemned the speech by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, calling it “unacceptable, in opposition to diplomatic norms and spirit” of bilateral relations, the IRNA information company reported.

Jansa, whose nation holds the rotating European Council presidency, had stated he backed requires an impartial investigation into Raisi’s function within the 1988 executions.

“The Iranian regime have to be held accountable for human rights violations and the worldwide neighborhood have to be extra agency on this,” he stated.

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