TEHRAN(Basirat) : Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff for the Iranian military, on Thursday attacked remarks made recently by high-ranking U.S. officials such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggesting they may seek to topple the Iranian government.
The words by Mattis echoed long-held suspicions by Tehran that the U.S. is
plotting to forcefully oust the Iranian government, as it did by sponsoring a
coup in 1953.
Jazayeri said Iran was unmoved by such comments from the administration of
President Donald Trump, but vowed to respond with action.
"The ridiculous dreams of the Americans about the overthrow of the Islamic
Republic of Iran is nothing more than disturbed delusions and we are not worried
that they have preoccupied themselves in such a way," Jazayeri said, according
to Press TV.
"We will respond to the nonsensical talks of the American authorities in the
theaters of action," the general noted.
Prior to 1953, Iran's government was headed by a democratically elected prime
minister named Mohammad Mosaddegh whose popularity ultimately allowed him to
supersede the authority of the country's monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, known
as the Shah. Mosaddegh nationalized Iran's oil industry in 1951, infuriating the
UK. The UK ultimately appealed to the CIA to sponsor a coup d'etat against Mosaddegh,
which U.S. intelligence did in 1953.
The U.S. only publicly admitted its role in the 1953 coup in 2013, and last
month the CIA released a trove of previously top-secret documents publicly
revealing new details of the affair, known as Operation AJAX, Newsweek reported.
Relations between the U.S. and Iran somewhat warmed during the administration of
President Barack Obama, who signed a deal that lifted U.S. sanctions on Iran in
exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program. Trump, however, has taken a
more hardline stance toward the regional power.
"Until the Iranian people can get rid of this theocracy, these guys who think
they can tell the people even which candidates they get a choice of. It’s going
to be very, very difficult," Mattis said Monday in an interview he granted to a
high school journalism student, according to the Middle East Institute.
Comments by Mattis, who has long advocated for tougher U.S. action against Iran,
followed Tillerson's response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month
in which the statesman explained U.S. policy toward Iran as being "to push back
on [its regional] hegemony,… and to work towards support of those elements
inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government."
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan also told reporters
Wednesday that, before the U.S. goes after Iran's internal political affairs, it
should address its own scandals and potential shortcomings.
"Whenever the Americans have intended to make any type action against us or hire
proxies to this end, our nation has proved that it makes them regret their
deeds," Dehghan stated.
"The U.S. secretary of defense and the ruling system had better think of
resolving their internal issues and study the root causes that will most
possibly cause the current U.S. administration to collapse in a not so far
future and will make the country's political system face a lot of serious
challenges," he added.