1103 GMT January 15, 2019
“65 years ago today, the US overthrew the popularly elected democratic government of Dr. Mossadeq, 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.
Zarif hit out at the US for setting up a team to coordinate its pressure campaign on Iran, saying it is yet another plot to topple the Iranian government.
As Iran marks the anniversary of the notorious US - and UK-engineered coup, observers say Washington is still pursuing the policy of “regime change” against the Islamic Republic.
Sunday marked 65 years since the coup toppled the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. The putsch came after Mosaddeq nationalized Iran's oil industry which had become a monopoly of Britain.
After decades-long denial by Washington, declassified documents released last year revealed the CIA role. Known as Operation Ajax, the US involvement fueled the surge of nationalism in Iran and poisoned US-Iran relations well into the 21st century.
Back in May, Washington withdrew from its multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran, and said it would reintroduce the sanctions that had been lifted under the accord.
On Thursday, the US State Department formed an Iran Action Group aimed at consolidating and intensifying the country’s efforts targeting Tehran.
It will be headed by senior policy adviser Brian Hook, who dismissed speculation that the new group’s creation during a week coinciding with the coup anniversary suggested that the US was pursuing regime change in Iran, calling the timing “pure coincidence.”
Also on Sunday, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that by engineering the coup, the US and UK managed to subjugate Iran to decades of dictatorship.
They, he said, alleged that the coup had been meant to prevent the Soviet Union’s dominance over Iran, while the main reason was their continued access to Iranian crude oil.
“The bitter incident inflicted heavy economic, political, and security costs on the Iranian nation, and paved the way for decades of plundering of Iran’s oil and dominance [over it] by a vassal dictatorship,” Larijani said.
Imperialist machinations have re-emerged today in the form of efforts to meddle in Iran’s nuclear program, its defense power, and regional influence, he added.
Larijani said the US has masqueraded its economic sanctions on Iran under the veneer of supporting freedoms and human rights, and maintaining regional and international security.
The Iranian speaker said the coup was the best historical lesson that Americans cannot be trusted.
“With the dark track record of the August 19 coup and setting up a vassal dictatorship, how do you dare to talk about freedom for the Iranian nation?” he said, addressing US leaders.
“Now that you have pitted terrorists against the region with your weapons, how do you dare to speak about regional and international security?” he continued.
Washington and Tehran have had no diplomatic relations since the Shah’s fall. Decades of hostility eased somewhat with the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and then-US President Barack Obama’s administration and five other world powers. But high tensions resumed after Trump pulled Washington out of the deal.
IRNA, Press TV, Reuters contributed to this story.