The U.S.-backed coup toppled Iran’s elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. (AP Photo, File)
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To understand how Iran views the U.S. after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal with world powers, one needs to look first at the past.Then, a 1953 U.S.-backed coup toppled Iran's elected prime minister and cemented the rule of the American-backed shah, lighting the fuse for the 1979 Islamic Revolution. For years after, authorities sought to eliminate the memory of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, whose downfall at the hands of the West linked directly back to his nationalization of vast British oil interests in Iran.Now, however, more and more officials across Iran's political spectrum are reevaluating and invoking Mossadegh's stand as they oppose Trump. Trump, however, believes the deal should have included limits to Iran's ballistic missile program and addressed Tehran's backing of regional militant groups. He pulled America out of the deal in May, and later tweeted he'd negotiate without conditions with Iran.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also invoked Mossadegh on Twitter Sunday when mentioning a new State Department working group on Iran.Recalling Mossadegh hasn't been all that popular for decades in Iran, however.The Russians increasingly wanted a piece of Iran as Communists agitated within the country.
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