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US dropping Iran Velvet Revolution plans?

Report by Press TV

Ever since 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has politically and financially sponsored covert operations inside Iran.
A senior Iranian official says constant US talk of change indicates that efforts to engineer Velvet Revolution in Tehran have failed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Saturday that advocating regime change within his country has been a guiding principle of US foreign policy over the past three decades.

"After 30 years of advocating a velvet revolution in Iran, Washington has finally realized that it needs to change its ways and means more than any other country in the world," said Mottaki.

"Now, they never cease to chant the slogan of change," he continued.

Over the past decades, successive US administrations have assumed it their right to topple democratically-elected governments around the world.

In the regime change projects plotted in Iran and Guatemala and later in the Congo, Indonesia, Chile and elsewhere, American spymasters shaped US intelligence largely to meet the political needs of the White House.

Washington reportedly appropriated more than $120 million to fund its "regime change" project in Iran --- which is in direct violation of the Algiers Accord.

Under the 1981 treaty signed between the US and Iran, Washington is obliged to refrain from interfering in Tehran's "internal affairs".

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed in July that the US Congress had secretly agreed to a $400-million funding request by former US president George W. Bush for a major escalation in covert operations inside Iran.

ABC news also exposed that Washington has been secretly funding and directing Jundullah militants to "stage deadly guerrilla raids inside the Islamic Republic, kidnap Iranian officials and execute them on camera" all as part of a "programmatic objective to overthrow the Iranian government".

According to a Sunday article published in the New York Times, Bush favored covert operations against the Islamic Republic instead of an Israeli request to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

The covert operations reportedly included renewed US espionage activities against Iran's nuclear infrastructure and efforts to undermine the country's electrical systems and computer networks.

The revelation that Bush and Olmert have launched covert operations against Iran comes at a time when espionage activities against Tehran have reached a new height.

Iranian security officials made high profile arrests of a number of Israeli operatives in the country in recent months.

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