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Continuation of strained relations between Iran and the United States

The major issues between Iran and the United States happened in the ‘70s and ‘80s but they left scars so deep they’ll likely take decades more to be forgiven and forgotten, if that ever happens. A healthy relationship between the countries would be good for everyone so there have been attempts to create that but [...]

Iran Air Flight 655 Tragedy

The United States certainly isn’t free of blame in the strained relations between Iran and the US. An incident in 1988 is a good example of that. On July 3, 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down Iranian Airbus A300B2, a commercial plane holding nearly 300 civilians. The passengers on that plane came from six countries [...]

Iran-Contra affair continues relations between Iran and the United States

Despite no official diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran and continued strain between the countries members of President Reagan’s administration illegally sold weapons to Iran to illegally fun the Nicaraguan Contras, a revolutionary group fighting the oppressive leader of the country. They also hoped that the arms sales would convince Iran to release [...]

Economic impact of frosty relations between Iran and the United States

The United States played a huge part in modernizing Iran and helping them develop a strong economy, including tapping the great oil reserves the country possessed. This all happened before the Revolution though, and some believe it contributed to the unrest in the country. Whatever the cause, once the Revolution unfolded the American economic support [...]

The 1979 Iran hostage crisis further injures relations

Perhaps relations between the United States and Iran could have survived the Islamic Revolution with hard work from both sides to create a lasting and peaceful relationship but the Iran hostage crisis that unfolded during the Revolution largely made that impossible. When President Carter allowed the Shah into the United States a revolution group called [...]

1979 Islamic Revolution shatters relations between United States and Iran

The unbelievable thing about the Islamic Revolution in Iran is that the United States never saw it coming. CIA reports in the six months leading up to it had nothing to say about the level of unrest in the country, even going so far as to comment that Iran wasn’t even in a “prerevolutionary state.” [...]

1979 and the destruction of relations between Iran and the United States

The United States was active in helping Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi maintain the rule he established in 1941 via underhanded activity in the country (the CIA overthrowing Prime Minister Mohammed Moassadeq in 1953, for instance) and outright financial support. His pro-Western positions were seen as a good thing for the US and its economy and [...]

Early history of relations between the United States and Iran

Relations between Iran and the United States began in 1856 when the Shah of Persia sent Persia’s first ambassador to Washington, DC. His name was Mirza Abolhasan Shirazi and in 1883 the United States finally sent a diplomatic envoy to Iran, a man named Samuel Benjamin. It wasn’t until 1944 the ambassadorial relations were officially [...]

United States believes Iran is developing a nuclear bomb

Iran has never been shy about it’s desire to destroy the Western powers it sees as promoting global hegemony and threatening their way of life. That’s why the United States feels such concern over the notion that Iran is developing a nuclear bomb. They’ve never come out and said as much but there are strong [...]

There are no formal relations between Iran and the United States

In terms of formal diplomatic relations where countries exchange embassies, the United States and Iran have none. There is no US embassy in Iran and no Iranian embassy in the US. Instead, Iran basically has a small office in the Pakistani embassy so someone is available in an emergency situation. The US has a small [...]