Iran might sue US over involvement in '53 coup

Recently declassified documents evidenced the CIA's role in ousting popular Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh

Published August 28, 2013 3:36PM (EDT)

 Mohammed Mossadegh
Mohammed Mossadegh

As noted here, recently declassified documents revealed the CIA's involvement in the 1953 Iranian coup, which saw P.M. Mohammed Mossadegh ousted and prefigured the anti-American sentiment within the 1979 revolution.

Now Iran is considering suing the U.S. over their actions more than half a century ago. "Iran's parliament has given preliminary approval to a bill requiring the government to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup," reported the AP.

While a number of Iranian parliamentarians have questioned whether such a suit could bring any tangible gains to their country -- tensions with the U.S. already sky high -- but the bill nonetheless "calls for the creation of a committee to study the issue and provide a report within six months before legal action is launched against the U.S. government in an international court," the AP noted

By Natasha Lennard

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