Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A former senior Iranian diplomat says the White House is making strenuous efforts to orchestrate a “Velvet Revolution” in Iran.
Mohammad-Javad Zarif, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, claimed on Tuesday that Washington is conspiring to foment discord among Iranians in order to topple the Tehran government.
“The concept of a velvet revolution in Iran should not be considered as groundless fear,” said the Iranian scholar.
Under the 1981 Algiers Accords signed between the US and Iran in the aftermath of US embassy takeover in Tehran, the White House is obliged to refrain from interfering in Iran’s ‘internal affairs’.
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“The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran’s internal affairs,” reads Point 1 of the accords, which led to the release of American hostages.
The US had previously been charged with leading the 1953 coup against the then democratically elected Iranian prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq, who nationalized the country’s oil industry.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 11:27 am