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Speaking on the 65th anniversary of the 1953 Central Intelligence Agency coup against Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the newly established Iran Action Group of being an attempt by the U.S. to repeat the coup, but that it will fail.

With the same objectives, he added, Washington has created a task force which dreams of repeating that history through pressure, disinformation and demagoguery.

"Extremely saddened by passing of Kofi Annan, a towering global leader and an unwavering champion for peace, justice and rule of law", Zarif tweeted on Saturday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) at a news conference on Thursday, naming Brian Hook, the Department of State's director of policy planning, as its head.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tehran has been engaged in "a torrent of violent and destabilizing behaviour" against the U.S. and its allies for almost 40 years. "We are committed to a whole-of-government effort to change the Iranian regime's behaviour".

In an interview with Young Journalist Club, Zarif noted that, despite the fact that European governments put forward proposals for the maintenance of oil and banking ties with Iran after the entry into force of the second phase of US sanctions in November, these measures were rather "a statement about his position than practical measures".

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The group will be led by Brian Hook, who is now the State Department's director of policy planning.

Mosaddeq, who was convicted of treason by a court martial, served three years in solitary confinement and then died under house arrest in 1967.

It was Zarif's first interview with Western media since US President Donald Trump walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May, leading Washington to reimpose sanctions earlier this month.

Ali Larijani, Iran's speaker of parliament, said on Sunday the 1953 coup was an indication that the United States can not be trusted.

Washington and Tehran have had no diplomatic relations since the shah's fall in 1979.

The European powers, China and Russian Federation say they will do more to encourage their businesses to remain engaged with Iran. "Their strategy on Iran entails regime change, and that's been instituted", he told Press TV.

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