Iran vows new US action group won’t topple government

Iran vows new US action group won’t topple government
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said the new U.S. “Iran Action Group” will look to overthrow the Iranian government but predicted it would fail.

Zarif tweeted that the U.S. overthrew the government of democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh 65 years ago, “restoring the dictatorship & subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years.”

“Now an ‘Action Group’ dreams of doing the same through pressure, misinformation & demagoguery. Never again,” he wrote on Twitter.

65 years ago today, the US overthrew the popularly elected democratic government of Dr. Mossadegh, restoring the dictatorship & subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years. Now an “Action Group” dreams of doing the same through pressure, misinformation & demagoguery. Never again. pic.twitter.com/ic3o652awn

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 19, 2018

The tweet comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Pompeo rejects ‘good cop, bad cop’ characterization of Russia strategy Pompeo: 'Enormous mistake' for Iran to blame US, allies for attack on military parade MORE announced last Thursday that the State Department is launching an “Iran Action Group” to coordinate its post-nuclear deal Iran policy.

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Pompeo said that the U.S. “must see major changes in the regime’s behavior, both inside and outside its borders.”

“The Iranian people and the world are demanding that Iran finally act like a normal nation,” he said. “The Iran Action Group will drive daily progress on these objectives, and I hope do much more.”

Trump announced in May that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Obama-era deal that gave Iran billions of dollars of sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its nuclear program. The deal also included Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China.

The first set of U.S. sanctions, which had been lifted as part of the deal, were reimposed earlier this month. More substantial sanctions are set to be reimposed in November.