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    After 65 Years the US Considering a New Coup D'Etat in Tehran – Iranian Scholars

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    The lessons of the 1953 coup d'etat in Iran remain unlearned by the US leadership, Iranian scholars told Sputnik. Washington has adopted old methods of psychological warfare and economic pressure to manipulate Tehran into making concessions; however, over the past 65 years the Islamic Republic of Iran has dramatically changed, they said.

    The Trump administration has adopted the methods Washington resorted to 65 years ago to carry out a coup d'etat in Iran, Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi, an expert on American studies at the University of Tehran, told Sputnik Persian.

    "In my opinion, now the situation in Iran is not very similar to that time," he said. "But the methods used by the US are similar. This is an oil boycott and a psychological war. Then the Persian BBC radio service was engaged in this, now it is BBC television and social networks in Persian sponsored by the West, and thousands of people who conduct psychological cyberwar from Iran to the morning. But, I repeat, now the situation is completely different. The current leadership of Iran is very different from the government of Dr. Mossadegh."

    Marandi's comment came on the heels of a statement made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who accused the US of carrying out "actions," which could lead to yet another coup d'etat in the country.

    In 1953, the CIA-backed coup d'etat led to the ousting of the legitimately-elected cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, replacing it with the government of General Fazlollah Zahedi.

    According to Marandi, one of Mossadegh's grave mistakes was that he was "naïve" and "trusted the United States." At the same time, the former prime minister tried to preserve the pro-Western Iranian monarchy, he added. "In addition, Dr. Mossadegh could not stand being reprimanded, which led him to isolation within the country," he noted, adding that the United States had used "these numerous internal contradictions."

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    "Now the leaders of our country are not so naive and do not cherish illusions about the intentions of the United States," the Iranian professor emphasized. "Even those who looked optimistically at the future of US-Iranian relations following the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) realized that they could not trust the US and its allies, witnessing [Barack] Obama's complete inactivity with regard to the JCPOA and Trump's aggressive policy towards Iran."

    In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
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    Fuad Izadi, an Iranian researcher specializing in American affairs and a member of the scientific council of the department of US studies at the University of Tehran, shares Marandi's stance.

    He stressed that a potential coup d'etat involving the Iranian military under the command of the United States, Britain or another country in Iran is absolutely impossible.

    "The senior leadership of the Shah army was educated in America and the Shah himself was an American-British apprentice," Izadi said. "Today, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other units of the Iranian army are trained in their country and belong to the people of Iran. Our army will never go against its people."

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    He noted that although numerous US programs aimed at regime change in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and other countries had never declared their genuine goals openly, their incentives and motivation were clear.

    "For example, in the US budget for 2017 such actions were not called as a preparation for a coup, instead they were dubbed "democracy programs," the researcher remarked, explaining that these endeavors were targeting the states not bowing before Washington, namely Iran, Russia and China.

    According to Izadi, the Iranian people should keep in mind the events of 1953 and "closely monitor every step of American officials and their proteges."

    Commenting on Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018 and the resumption of anti-Iranian sanctions, he noted that the Trump administration's primary aim is to trigger civil unrest in the country. However, these efforts will prove futile, the researcher foresees, as the people of the IRI know that the real "culprit" behind the sanctions is Trump, not Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

    For his part, Marandi highlighted that Washington's attempts to limit Iran's access to the US dollar prompted Tehran and other countries to seek alternatives to the greenback.

    "It seems that over the past 65 years the Americans have failed to understand how they should deal with the Iranian people," Izadi concluded.

    The views and opinions expressed by the speaker do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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