BAGHDAD, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The decision by the U.S. Treasury Department to freeze the assets of the Free Life Party of Kurdistan was a political move to please Iran, the group said.
In early February the department froze the assets of the Free Life Party of Kurdistan, or PJAK, because of its alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department.
"This decision is a political one and ... it is in the interest of the Iranian regime," PJAK said in statements published on its Web site.
PJAK is a militant organization operating in many of the Kurdish provinces in western Iran and parts of northern Iraq.
The group said the Treasury Department decision shows Washington is no longer interested in pursuing a reform policy with regard to its relationship with Iran but instead is acquiescing slowly to the clerical regime.
PJAK said its methods of opposition do not employ terrorist tactics but added that it would neither surrender its goals nor become a proxy to regional interests.
"PJAK has never and will never surrender to any force and become a puppet in the hands of any force or system," the statement said.