The following statement was issued today by the Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Washington DC, and is being released for your information.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 17, 1999

Statement of denial by the NCR's Representative Office

In its morning news program, the Farsi Service of the Voice of America quoted a number of "U.S. officials" whose identity and their respective departments it did not specify, as saying that a number of Iranians had been arrested for forging documents related to visas and illegal entry into the United States. The report also added that visa applications for those whose stay in the U.S. was illegal, included "members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran."

This report is a sheer lie and apparently intended to please the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran, whose president suffered a painful political blow due to three days of demonstrations and protests by Iranians against his visit to Italy.

Until this hour, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran has not been approached by any authority or official organ in the United States about this bogus allegation and report. None of its members or affiliates are in anyway related to this matter and have never been and are not allowed to stay in the United States illegally.

As such, absuing the name of the Mojahedin organization is absolutely unwarranted and reflects the clerical regime's political and propaganda needs. The National Council of Resistance of Iran calls on the U.S. Department of Justice and other official organs to clarify the matter for the public without any delay.

Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Washington, DC
March 17, 1999

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