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STRASBOURG, France - An exiled Iranian opposition leader accused European Union states on Wednesday of appeasing Tehran and urged them to support regime change in Iran.
Maryam Rajavi, the self-styled president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the People's Mujahideen guerrilla movement, was speaking at a private meeting in the European Parliament.
"European appeasement provided ample opportunity to the mullahs to inch closer to the nuclear bomb," she said, referring to Iran's clerical rulers.
Rajavi was speaking two days after the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana opened talks with Iran on a long-term agreement on nuclear, economic and security cooperation after Tehran agreed to suspend uranium enrichment activities which could help it make an atom bomb.
Both the United States and the EU consider the People's Mujahideen to be a terrorist organization.
Rajavi urged the EU to remove the group from its list of outlawed terrorism organizations, since it was an obstacle to political change in Iran.
Rajavi was hosted by Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a vice-president of the European Parliament, and two MEPs who co-chair a group called Friends of a Free Iran, Paulo Casaca of Italy and Struan Stevenson of Britain.