Iranian legislators have taken the first step towards suing the United States government over recent disclosures confirming that the US helped orchestrate the 1953 ousting of Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.
Parliament members in Iran voted 167-to-5 on Wednesday on a
measure giving preliminary approval over a bill which will
mandate that the government file suit against the US.
Next, a committee could be launched in order to study the issue
and report its findings, at which point legal action could come
in six months’ time in an international court.
The news comes only days after a Central Intelligence Agency
document from the 1970s was declassified, in turn confirming 60 years after the
fact that the US aided in the overthrow of PM Mossadegh.
“American and British involvement in Mossadegh’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,” the US National
Security Archive said upon the declassification of the documents.
“The military coup that overthrew Mosaddeq and his National
Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US
foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of
government,” the document, “The Battle for Iran,” reads in
The overthrow of Mossadegh was conducted under the codename
“Operation TPAJAX,” according to “The Battle for Iran,” and would
have been authorized by then-President Dwight Eisenhower. It
ended with a coup that saw the democratically elected leader
removed from office and replaced by the regime of Shah Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi, who ultimately was overthrown as well during the
1979 Iranian Revolution.
The Eisenhower administration also assisted in the overthrow of
Guatemalan President Jacobo Ãrbenz GuzmÃ¡n in 1954 and the
planning of the Bay of Pigs invasion, later taken over by
President John F Kennedy.
For America’s role in the Iranian coup, an overwhelming majority
of the Parliament said the US should be held accountable.
“America’s oppressive behavior (in 1953) shows that the
Iranian nation has to stand up and pursue its trampled
rights,” lawmaker Mahdi Mousavinejad said, according to the
Others, however, have suggested taking the US to any
international court of the matter would be futile.
“Pursuing this bill has no benefits for our country. It will
waste the parliament’s time,” parliamentarian Mohammad Mahdi
Rahbari told the AP.
The action also comes at a time where tensions between the US and
Iran have been strained due to a number of issues, but also on
the eve of a likely military strike by America and its allies against
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has garnered the support of
China, Russia and Iran.
US President Barack Obama is expected to say in the coming days
what action the US will take against Assad’s regime over
“undeniable” reports, according to the White House, that
the Syrian leader used chemical gas against hundreds of civilians
outside of Damascus on August 21. Should a military strike be
launched, the US is expected to receive support from the UK,
France and Turkey.
Republished from: RT