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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 Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line occupied the American embassy and took all 52 American diplomats inside hostage.
They were held for an astounding 444 days, during which time they were treated well enough to survive. In Iran the hostage taking was seen as a victory for the country and a major blow to America. In the United States it was seen as a major violation of international law that states diplomats are given immunity from arrest and diplomatic compounds are basically foreign soil. The hostage crisis directly led to the end of relations between the United States and Iran.