UNITED NATIONS (Dispatches) -- Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, says members of the MKO terrorist cult are now closely cooperating with the U.S. intelligence in order to create chaos in Iran.
"The MKO, which is responsible for the killing of at least 12,000 Iranian civilians and many Iraqi citizens, as well as a number of other nationalities, continues to receive funds from certain countries in the region while enjoying the support of certain States, including in Europe,” Takht-Ravanchi said Tuesday night.
He made the remarks in an address to the United Nations Security Council meeting on "Threats to international peace and security, linkages between international terrorism and organized crime”.
After being delisted as a terrorist group by the U.S., he added, the MKO is now active in this country and its members are closely cooperating with the U.S. intelligence community for disruptive and destructive plots and plans against Iran.”
"Iran is the victim of the activities of both terrorist groups and transnational criminals. At the same time, we are at the forefront of combating both menaces,” the Iranian ambassador said.
Cognizant of the serious threat posed by terrorist groups in our region, Iran has assisted Iraq and Syria, upon their request, in combating the most dangerous terrorist groups, he said.
"In our neighborhood, terrorist groups and organized criminals are involved mostly in trafficking of drugs and, in certain cases, of arms and cultural properties in order to finance their activities,” Takht-Ravanchi said.
Therefore, along with terrorist groups, Iran has also engaged seriously in countering organized criminals, mainly those involved in drug trafficking.
"As a result, in the past 40 years, 3,815 of our law enforcement forces have lost their lives and over 12,000 others have been wounded,” he added.
According to the ambassador, Iran has seized approximately 11,000 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in the past three decades.
In 2018 alone, our law enforcement forces carried out 1,557 operations against drug traffickers, seizing approximately 807 tons of different types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, he said.
"We are determined to continue our efforts in combating terrorists and drug traffickers. However, to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of our efforts, the international community must assist Iran, of course without precondition, discrimination or politicization,” he said.
Takht-Ravanchi touched on "unlawful sanctions” on Iran, saying countries imposing them "have to be reminded that their sanction policy seriously weakens the effectiveness of counter-narcotic efforts of transit countries”.