Iranian opposition confident on EU case

A court ruling in Britain could force the European Union to remove a prominent Iranian opposition movement from its list of terrorist organizations despite concern over Teheran's reaction, a senior opposition figure said Tuesday. Maryam Rajavi said she expects the EU to strike the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran off the terrorist black list within weeks of a verdict this month by the Court of Appeal in London. The court backed the group's claim to have renounced violence. "We expect the EU to immediately remove the PMOI from the list," Rajavi told The Associated Press. "The EU decision was based on UK's decision, which has been declared unlawful, therefore the EU must comply." EU diplomats are worried that such a move would provoke a furious reaction from the government in Tehran and derail efforts to restart international talks to bring Iran's nuclear program into line. The EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, announced Monday that he hopes to travel to Iran soon to discuss international concerns about the country's nuclear program.