Declaration on Principles of International Law, concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States
(October 24, 1970)
No State shall organize, assist, foment, finance, incite or tolerate subversive,
terrorist or armed activities directed towards the violent overthrow of the
regime of another State, or interfere in civil strife in another State.
USA's Iran coup (1953):
USA's Ukraine coup (2013/14):
The US just helped perpetrate a coup in Ukraine, and then escalated its state propaganda machine to historic heights to make as many people as possible think that it was not a US-backed coup, and that Russia, not the US, is the aggressor.
In reality, the US is the aggressor. It backed the anti-democratic coup, with the obvious and sometimes stated goal of breaking up Russia. After the US-backed coup, Russia reacted.
Despite all the leaks confirming illegal US involvement and backing of neo-Nazis and other groups, many in the US and west just can't imagine the USA doing a coup (despite the US having done about 62 coups.)
Thus, here are declassified documents on the USA's coup against Iran in 1953, which the US now openly admits that it did (even though everyone already knew because of the declassified documents, and the obviousness).
If you look through them, you'll find that the Iran coup was done almost exactly like the Ukraine coup. The US paid and influenced mobs of people and militants in Iran to carry out violence and overthrow the democratically elected leader Britain hated because he had stopped Britain from stealing Iran's oil.
Before the coup, Britain was taking 80% of Iran's oil. Iranian democracy stopped that.
So the US and Britain overthrew Iranian democracy and replaced it with monarchy.
Then, with a friendly dictator in place, the USA and Britain started taking 40% each of Iran's oil, with other European countries taking the rest.
This was organized crime, and nothing has changed. These patterns continued, with the US stalking around the world, mutating and murdering millions of people with chemical weapons, WMD, and aggression.
One of the declassified US documents says the US approved "$1,000,000 which could be used by the Tehran Station in any way that would bring about the fall of Mossadeq."
In Ukraine, as neo-con Victoria Nuland has stated, the USA used 5 billion dollars, which is vastly more than was used in Iran, even taking inflation into account.
The USA's Iran coup plan stated that a "Shah/General Zahedi combination, supported by CIA local assets and financial backing, would have a good chance of overthrowing Mossadeq, particularly if this combination should be able to get the largest mobs in the streets..."
"...the CIA payed millions of dollars to bribe military officers and pay gangsters to unleash violence in the streets of Tehran."
The USA put five billion dollars towards supporting terrorist groups in Ukraine, and openly supported the "anti-Semitic", "neo-Nazi" gangs that unleashed violence in the streets of Ukraine and performed the coup d'etat. (Note numbers "14/88" on neo-Nazi's shield in above photo are code for "Adolph Hitler" and "Heil Hitler".)
Of the Iran coup, a declassified, secret US document states (pg. 10) that, "The major role in the execution of the operational plan was assumed by US assets."
There is your overview of how the US covertly does coups. (Check out the documents for all the details and techniques reused today.) You can replace the names with names from today in Ukraine and you have about the same thing (the US supporting militant leaders and radical foot-soldiers and using local human assets and money), but done years later and with much more practice, and lessons learned from the dozens and dozens of coups the US has participated in since, including about 8 under Obama.
Some further background re who is being aggressive:
Foreign military bases:
Russia: 12 (would be have been 11 if US-backed forces had successfully taken Crimea). China: 0. US: 700-1,100. (History's second runner-up, the British Empire, at its height, had 40)
Russia and China have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, while the US is the only country on the planet that refuses to do so.
Russia has 140 guaranteed paid maternity leave days (China has 90), while the US is one of only four countries on Earth that have zero. (The other three countries are Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland. Yes, I know, we hear enough about Swaziland, already. Can everyone please stop talking about Swaziland for five minutes?)
The US is the world's biggest jailer, both in number and per capita, by enormous margin, dwarfing Russia and China and torturing its prisoners en masse.
While China is thought to perform thousands of capital punishments per year, its police in 2014 killed twelve people, while US police in 2014 killed about 1,100. Thus, depending on how we look at it, the US state may kill more of its own people per capita than China. In terms of killing foreign nationals, it is no contest, with US taking top prize and being voted greatest threat to world peace.