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Zarif rules out US dreams of repeating 1953 coup in Iran

Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Twitter message on Sunday dismissed US dreams of launching a coup in Iran similar to that engineered by Washington against the country in 1953.

65 years ago today, the US overthrew the popularly elected democratic government of Dr. Mossadegh, restoring the dictatorship and subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years, Zarif tweeted.

Now an Action Group dreams of doing the same through pressure, misinformation and demagoguery. Never again, he added.

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.

Since the coup was launched, 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.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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