Interview

Rogue states and diplomacy

Print edition : October 02, 2015

Noam Chomsky. Photo: By Special Arrangement

February 5, 1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, waving to supporters in Tehran shortly after his return from 15 years of exile. Photo: GABRIEL DUVAL/AFP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (seated) shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, on July 14 after Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal. Photo: REUTERS

Noam Chomsk. Photo: MAJED JABER/REUTERS

Anti-Shah demonstrators clash with troops demanding the removal of the Shah of Iran, in Tehran in September 1978. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

October 26, 1967: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowing himself as "Shahanshah" (emperor). Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, with U.S. President Harry Truman in 1949. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mohammad Mosaddegh, democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953. He was removed in a coup orchestrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and authorised by the Shah of Iran when the Iranian Parliament voted to nationalise the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now British Petroleum). General Fazlollah Zahedi replaced him as the Prime Minister. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Welcoming the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran, Professor Noam Chomsky explains the geopolitical and historical context of the deal, pointing out how the United States and Israel have often been, more than any other country, a threat to peace and stability in West Asia.
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