The Foreign Ministry statement added brazenly that it has "informed the United Nations" of its intention to apply this "legitimate right."
Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, wrote in a telegram to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and members of the UN Security Council: The official statements of the ruling theocracy in Iran are a clear admission to the terrorist crimes of the mullahs on Iraqi territory. At the same time, they aim to pave the way for more terrorist and military attacks, air and missile raids against the Iranian Resistance's bases and combatants. Surrounded by internal crises and unable to counter the popular Resistance's operations inside the country (687 operations between March 1997 and March 1998), the mullahs' regime is increasingly in need of terrorist operations outside Iran.
In a commentary on Monday evening, Iran's state-run radio (Kurdish service) blatantly admitted that "all the acts of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1997 against the Monafeqin [Mojahedin], which have been mentioned in the US State Department's annual report, were carried out solely to prevent violent and terrorist moves by the Monafeqin [Mojahedin]."
The mullahs' regime has thus clearly claimed responsibility for the 320-mm super-mortar attack on the Mojahedin central office in Baghdad in January 1997, cited in the State Department report.
In his telegram, Mr. Rajavi said the mullah's intransigence is a direct consequence of the silence and apathy of the international community vis-a-vis the crimes of the clerical regime. Mr. Rajavi called on the Security Council to impose trade and diplomatic sanctions on the mullahs' regime, which has displayed complete disregard for all international norms and conventions in the past 19 years.
The Foreign Ministry statement also referred to the extensive support that the Iranian Resistance enjoys among the elected representatives of the American people in Congress. In an absurd balancing act, the regime once again demanded that the United States restrict the freedom of action of the supporters and activists of the Resistance in that country.
The repeated pleas by Khatami and other clerical leaders urging its regional and international interlocutors to restrict the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance reflect the fact that the ruling mullahs regard the Iranian Resistance as the most serious threat to their existence, particularly at a time when the regime has been in the grips of heightening, irreversible crises in the past few weeks involving the highest levels of leadership. These developments have induced profound fears in the mullahs with regard to prospects of their regime's overthrow.
The clerical regime has tried to justify its terrorist crimes against the Iranian Resistance in Iraq by citing the US State Department's position against the Mojahedin, claiming that such crimes are "the legitimate right of the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 5, 1998