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Simin Royanian, an economist and co-founder of Women for Peace and Justice in Iran. "Iran recently arrested alleged al-Qaida members. One might have thought that this would be greeted positively by the administration, but instead it cut off dialogue with Iran. It's claiming that Iran is backing al-Qaida and is developing nuclear weapons -- without citing any evidence for either charge. In fact, it's the Iranian government which has noted that the United States is now cooperating with Mujahedeen Khalq, a group that had worked with Saddam Hussein against the Iranian government. Mujahedeen Khalq is actually on the U.S. State Department terrorist list. The charges of nuclear possession stem largely from Israel, which wants to make sure no state in the region besides itself may have any possibility of ever developing nuclear weapons. According to the United Nations, Iran is a member of, and in good standing with, the U.N. nuclear agency's regulations. The U.S. Congress is moving to fund exiles, and operations have reportedly been staged in Iran. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced on May 19 they are introducing a bill in Congress to fund Iranian exile groups.

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