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US sides with Iran in denouncing rebel group

US sides with Iran in denouncing rebel group

The U.S. State Department has named a Sunni militant group in Iran to a list of foreign terrorist organizations, in a move likely to be welcomed in Tehran.
A department spokesman says the listing was not intended as a conciliatory gesture toward predominantly Shiite Iran.
But the militant group has been launching attacks against Tehran for years. Its listing comes just weeks before an expected resumption of international talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear program, the central source of tension between Tehran and Washington.
The State Department said Wednesday it added the Jundallah group to a terrorist list that includes 46 other organizations, including al-Qaida, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, the Palestinian Hamas, and the Pakistani Taliban. The action is meant to block financial and other aid to the group by Americans or others.