Why was the U.S. Embassy in Tehran Captured in 1978?: Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Iran
Continuing with our coverage of the 30th anniversary of the storming of the American Embassy in Tehran, this editorial from the state-run Web site of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting responds to the question of why it occurred. Laying out it’s position on the event, the regime depicts the embassy takeover and hostage-taking as an act of self-defense to confront an enemy with a history of toppling regimes not to its liking – including Iranian regimes.
The editorial says in part:
“U.S. embassies that were behind the overthrow of legal governments in Santiago, Athens, Prague and Tehran planned to topple the newly-established Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“U.S. Embassy staff in Tehran violated international protocol by seeking to establish connections with opponents of the Islamic Republic. These measures prompted Iranian students to capture this den of espionage and bring an end to the plots being hatched there.”
Then, quoting the late Ayatollah Khomeini in part:
“America is worse than Britain, Britain is no better than America and the Soviet Union is worse than both. Each is worse than the other; each is more abominable than the other. But today we are concerned with this malicious entity that is America. Let the American president know that in the eyes of the Iranian nation, he is the most repulsive member of the human race for all the injustice he has imposed on our Muslim nation.”
November 4, 2009
Iran – Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting – Original Article (English)
Five years before the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, launched a coup in Chile to overthrow the government of Salvador Allende. The plot was implemented successfully.
Twenty seven years later, the CIA released documents that revealed how the U.S. Embassy in Chile was behind the plot and that the plan for the coup had been drawn up by American officials, including Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brezezinski and the then-U.S. ambassador [Edward Korry] to the country.
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