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Iran's lawmakers denounce 1953 coup led by US, UK

Source: Press TV

Iranian lawmakers have slammed the "shameful and inhumane" 1953 coup against the government of then Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq by the United States and Britain.

Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq (read special report by Shargh daily)

"Today, everyone knows that cutting the hands of oil-thirsty superpowers [off Iran's oil resources] prompted these so-called advocates of democracy and freedom to topple the Iranian people's lawful government," the Human Rights Bloc of Iran's Majlis said in a statement on Monday, marking the 60th anniversary of the overthrow.

Mosadeq played a key role in the country's 1951 movement that resulted in the nationalization of Iran's oil industry, which was mainly controlled by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC), now known as BP.

The Iranian lawmakers also criticized Britain for orchestrating the 1921 coup d'etat that led to the establishment of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1925.

Dismayed by the Qajar Dynasty in Iran, British officials put former Iranian dictator Reza Pahlavi on the throne in February 1921 by providing his troops with ammunition, supplies and financial aid to help them seize control of the capital city, Tehran.

In 1953 Britain's secret intelligence agency MI6 and the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) organized a coup to remove Mosadeq, reinstalling and supporting the increasingly brutal regime of the Shah (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi) until its collapse in 1979.

Earlier on Monday, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published a document, admitting its role in the 1953 coup for the first time after 60 years (read story).

"The military coup that overthrew Mosadeq and his National Front Cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy," the document published on the National Security Archive website read.

Citing the US and UK's present interferences in the internal affairs of Egypt, Bahrain, Syria and Afghanistan and their support for the Israeli regime, the Iranian lawmakers said Washington and London are the same old imperialists even if they change their approaches.

Related Articles:

CIA Admits Role In 1953 Iran Coup Against Democratically-Elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq - Marking the sixtieth anniversary of the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, the National Security Archive is today posting recently declassified CIA documents on the United States' role in the controversial operation. American and British involvement in Mosaddeq's ouster has long been public knowledge, but today's posting includes what is believed to be the CIA's first formal acknowledgement that the agency helped to plan and execute the coup. 8/19/13

Aftershocks Of Iran's 1953 Coup Still Felt Around The World, 60 Years Later - Sixty years ago, on August 15, 1953, Iranian military officers backed by U.S. and British intelligence agencies initiated a coup d'etat whose aftershocks can still be felt around the globe. -Frud Bezhan, RFE 8/16/13


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