Zarif: US dreams of orchestrating a 1953-style coup in Iran, but never again
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Twitter message on Sunday dismissed US dreams of instigating a coup in Iran similar to that engineered by Washington against the country in 1953.
Iran Press - “65 years ago today, the US overthrew the popularly elected democratic government of Dr. Mossadegh, restoring the dictatorship & subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years,” Zarif tweeted.
“Now an “Action Group” dreams of doing the same through pressure, misinformation & demagoguery. Never again,” he added reported IRNA .
The British government plotted a military putsch against the Mohammad Mossaddegh government because the premier played a key role in the country’s 1951 movement that resulted in the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry.
The US was initially opposed to the coup. However, in August 1953, British and American intelligence agencies initiated the coup by the Iranian military, setting off a series of events, including riots in the streets of the capital, Tehran, which led to the overthrow and arrest of Mossaddegh.
Sixty-five years have passed since the Mossaddegh government was toppled. The documents that have been released by the US government show that it was behind the coup.
However, some believe the ouster of the Mossaddegh government was not a coup. A glance at historical sources suggest that such a belief is incorrect.
After the coup , the US expanded its influence in Iran for more than 30 years.
According to a declassified document published in 2003, the CIA admitted to orchestrating the August 1953 coup.
Iran is remembering the anniversary of the 1953 coup against the government of then democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq.
In August 1953, the British and American intelligence agencies initiated a coup by the Iranian military, setting off a series of events, including riots in the streets of the capital, Tehran, which led to the overthrow and arrest of Mosaddeq.
Mosaddeq, who was convicted of treason by a court martial, served three years in solitary confinement and then died under house arrest in exile in 1967.
Experts say the 1953 coup, known as the 28 Mordad coup, was aimed at making sure the Iranian monarchy would safeguard the West's oil interests in the country.
Six decades after the notorious coup, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the first time published a document in August 2013 which confirmed Washington’s role in the coup d’état, Press TV reported.
"The military coup that overthrew Mosaddeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government," reads a brief segment from an internal CIA history.
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