*EPF505 08/15/2003
Text: State Dept Amends Terrorist Designation of Mujahedin-e Khalq
(Amendment includes two aliases of the terrorist group) (400)

Secretary of State Colin Powell amended the State Department's designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) as a foreign terrorist organization in order to include two of its aliases in the designation.

According to an August 15 statement by acting State Department spokesman Tom Casey, the National Council of Resistance (NCR) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) were included with the MEK as being considered foreign terrorist organizations, and the assets of both groups, as well as associated individuals will be blocked according to Executive Order 13224.

Following is the text of the State Department statement:

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Office of the Spokesman
August 15, 2003

Statement by Tom Casey, Acting Spokesman

Designation of National Council of Resistance and National Council of Resistance of Iran under Executive Order 13224

The Secretary of State has amended the designation, under Executive Order 13224 on terrorist financing, of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, known as the MEK, to add its aliases National Council of Resistance (NCR) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). That Executive Order blocks the assets of organizations and individuals linked to terrorism. The decision also clarifies that the designation includes the U.S. representative office of NCRI and all its other offices worldwide, and that the designation of the People's Mujahedin of Iran ("PMOI") as an alias of the MEK includes the PMOI's U.S. representative office and all other offices worldwide.

The Secretary of State designated the MEK as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997 under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and again in 2001 pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. That order (as amended) authorizes the Secretary to designate foreign entities and individuals that he determines - in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security - to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

The action to amend the Executive Order 13224 designation of the MEK to include NCR and NCRI is based on information from a variety of sources that those entities functioned as part of the MEK and have supported the MEK's acts of terrorism.

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