CIA's 1953 coup against Mosaddeq

Almost seven decades have passed since a U.S.-orchestrated coup toppled Iran’s then Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, the notorious move still fuels Iranians’ deep distrust of America today.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the U.S.-led coup in Iran, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, the spokesman for the Iranian government, said Friday that putting trust in the United States in international ties is “meaningless,” citing it as one of the three lessons for Iran from the 1953 coup d’etat.

In August 1953, the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in cahoots with the British spy agency, toppled the popular government of Mosaddegh in Iran.

It is widely believed that Washington and London were outraged by Mosaddegh’s campaign to nationalize Iran’s oil industry, which was under the control of foreign companies.

This nationalization deprived Western countries of huge profits, and could set a trend in other regional countries, analysts said.

Bahadori Jahromi tweeted that the lessons of the coup remain forever in the minds of the Iranian people and constitute the criteria for Iranian politicians’ decisions.

“The United States is afraid of an independent and powerful Iran, trusting the United States in international relations is meaningless, the way to deal with this country should be with strength, dignity, and sufficient guarantees,” he said, elaborating on the three lessons.

Source : Xinhuanet

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