Paper: Iran Halts Normalization with Iraq after Opposition Attacks
Iranian sources have said that the Higher Council of National Security in Iran has taken a decision to freeze all the measures taken to normalize ties with Iraq after intensified attacks by the Iraq-harbored Mujahideen Khalq on Iranian towns, including the capital, Tehran.
The London-based Arabic newspaper, Ashark Alawsat quoted the sources as saying that “the decision was taken after the Iranian authorities a Mujahideen Khalq group that infiltrated across the borders with Iraq, on the same day Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi arrived in Baghdad last week” in the first visit of its kind in ten years.
The sources told the paper that the security authorities in Iran “had discovered that the shells used in the attacks were the same owned by the Iraqi army, and some were newly-made, which means that the Iraqis provided the organization with.”
Iraq and Iran have in the last months traded accusation over supporting opposition groups hosed by each country, who are responsible for frequent mortar attacks on town in each of the neighboring countries that fought a bitter war between 1980-1988.
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