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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Harassed In New York

Mob Harasses Iranian Diplomat In New Yorki
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September 27, 2012
A group of protesters confronted and threatened Iranian deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast near the United Nations in New York on September 26. Mehmanparast called for help from the police, who escorted him to safety. The incident took place shortly after Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad spoke to the UN General Assembly while thousands of demonstrators rallied to protest his appearance there. (AP)
Iran has blamed a "terrorist sect" for harassing a senior Iranian diplomat in New York and criticized Washington's decision to remove the group, the Mujahadin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), from a U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations.

New York police said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was verbally assaulted and pushed by antiregime protesters and that he was pulled to safety by police officers.

The incident happened on September 26 near UN headquarters where Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad had been addressing the UN General Assembly.

The Iranian mission to the UN said Mehmanparast was attacked by MKO members.

The MKO calls for the overthrow of Iran's regime.

Washington recently said it will remove the MKO from the terrorist list, a move criticized by Tehran.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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