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US forms ‘Iran Action Group’ to run aggressive policy toward Tehran

The US State Department has formed an “Iran Action Group” to coordinate and run an aggressive US policy toward the Islamic Republic on the eve of the 65th anniversary of a previous American action against Iran – the CIA-led 1953 coup against the democratically elected Government of Mohammad Mosaddegh.

According to Press TV, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the “Iran Action Group” on Thursday, saying that the initiative would be “directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.”

The group will be headed by senior Policy Adviser Brian Hook, who is currently the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning. He will report directly to Pomepo.

“Our hope is that one day soon we can reach an agreement with Iran but we must see major changes in the regime both inside and outside of its borders,” Pompeo claimed in a brief address at the State Department.

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

The top US diplomat went on to say that the State Department is committed to a whole of government effort to change Tehran’s “behavior.”

Pomepo’s announcement falls on the 65th anniversary of the CIA coup against Mossadegh. The 1953 United States covert action overthrew Mossadegh in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953.

Some political analysts wondered if there was a message intended for Tehran.

Veteran political commentator in New York Don DeBar said there may be a message, but that it may not be intended for the Iranian people. “Personally, I suspect that if there was a message intended, it was for domestic consumption here, to make it appear that Trump is being tough while allowing him to strike a reasonable deal with Iran. It’s the same tactic they used with North Korea.”

Meanwhile, American writer and political analyst Daniel Patrick Welch told Press TV that the United States “has always maintained a coterie of war planners intent on fomenting war with Iran.”

“The new and most significant piece here is the announcement by Pompeo, which amounts to more aggressive saber-rattling from the war dogs of Empire. Unfortunately for these, what is also new is the growing strategic integration between China and Russia, who are more determined than ever to prevent another reckless and murderous US war adventure,” he stated.