Iran hit back at Mike Pence after the former vice president used his address at last month’s Free Iran summit to condemn the government in Tehran and accuse President Joe Biden of “weakness” over his support for the stalled nuclear deal.

The Iranian mission to the United Nations in Geneva told Newsweek that Pence’s remarks—in which he predicted the end of the government in Tehran—were “wishful thinking.”

The Washington, D.C. event was organized by the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the guerrilla rebel group the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK). Both are led by Maryam Rajavi and have long enjoyed backing from Iran hawks in the U.S., particularly within the GOP.

Iran rejects the NCRI/MEK as a terrorist organization and cult with insignificant support among the Iranian people. NCRI and MEK leaders claim a network of tens of thousands of supporters inside Iran, which they say gathers intelligence on and stokes opposition to the government in Tehran.

Bahram Heidari, counsellor of the Iranian mission in Geneva, condemned Pence for appearing at the Free Iran event in an email sent to Newsweek. “Birds of a feather flock together to [the] Iranian nation,” Heidari said.

“Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Mark Dobowitz, John Bolton and other Trumpian criminals [deserve] to enjoy the infamy of a terrorist cult’s company and be on their paycheck,” he wrote, referring to other Iran hawks who have previously spoken at or attended NCRI/MEK events.

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