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Donald Trump has been giving off some rather mixed messages when it comes to Iran lately. After pulling the United States out of a landmark. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- To wrap your head around the United States' relationship with Iran, you need to go all the way back to when. DW's Theresa Tropper visits a key site in the Iranian capital Tehran to explore the roots of the country's strained relationship with the United States.
Michael Blumenthal complained of the Shah's emotional collapse, reporting, "You've got a zombie out there. Another scholar, sociologist Charles Kurzmanargues that, rather than being indecisive or sympathetic to the revolution, the Carter administration was consistently supportive of the Shah and urged the Iranian military to stage a "last-resort coup d'etat" even after the regime's cause was hopeless.
Iran—United States relations after The Revolutionwhich ousted the pro-American Shah and replaced him with the anti-American Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeinisurprised the United States government, its State Department and intelligence services, which "consistently underestimated the magnitude and long-term implications of this unrest". The Struggle for Control of Iran.
Many students had read excerpts from the book and thought that the CIA would attempt to implement this countercoup strategy. Until this point, the Carter Administration was still hoping for normal relationships with Iran, sending its National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.Understanding the U.S. and Iran
The Islamic revolutionaries wished to extradite and execute the ousted Shah, and Carter refused to give him any further support or help return him to power. The Shah, suffering from terminal cancerrequested entry into the United States for treatment. The American embassy in Tehran opposed the request, as they were intent on stabilizing relations between the new interim revolutionary government of Iran and the United States. Iranians' suspicion that the Shah was actually trying to conspire against the Iranian Revolution grew; thus, this incident was often used by the Iranian revolutionaries to justify their claims that the former monarch was an American puppet, and this led to the storming of the American embassy by radical students allied with the Khomeini faction.
Bush and other VIPs wait to welcome the former hostages to Iran home On 4 Novemberthe revolutionary group Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Lineangered that the recently deposed Shah had been allowed into the United States, occupied the American embassy in Tehran and took American diplomats hostage.
The 52 American diplomats were held hostage for days. In Iran, the incident was seen by many as a blow against American influence in Iran and the liberal-moderate interim government of Prime Minister Mehdi Bazarganwho opposed the hostage taking and resigned soon after.
Some Iranians were concerned that the United States may have been plotting another coup against their country in from the American embassy.
The crisis ended with the signing of the Algiers Accords in Algeria on January 19, On January 20,the date the treaty was signed, the hostages were released. American contact with Iran through The Hague covers only legal matters. The crisis led to lasting economic and diplomatic damage. On 7 AprilCarter severed diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States and they have been frozen ever since.
Instead, parts of the embassy complex were turned into an anti-American museum, while other parts became offices for student organizations.
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However, Iran later chose Pakistan to be its protecting power in the United States. Economic consequences of the Iran hostage crisis[ edit ] See also: Sanctions against Iran Families wait for the former hostages to disembark the plane. Before the Revolution, the United States was Iran's foremost economic and military partner.
This facilitated the modernization of Iran's infrastructure and industry, with as many as 30, American expatriates residing in the country in a technical, consulting, or teaching capacity. Some analysts argue that the transformation may have been too rapid, fueling unrest and discontent among an important part of the population in the country and leading to the Revolution in According to American officials, most of those were released in as part of the deal to release the hostages.
Commercial relations between Iran and the United States are restricted by American sanctions and consist mainly of Iranian purchases of food, spare parts, and medical products as well as American purchases of carpets and food.
Sanctions originally imposed in by President Bill Clinton were renewed by President Bush, who cited the "unusual and extraordinary threat" to American national security posed by Iran. The executive orders prohibit American companies and their foreign subsidiaries from conducting business with Iran, while banning any "contract for the financing of the development of petroleum resources located in Iran".
The ILSA was renewed for five more years in Congressional bills signed in extended and added provisions to the act; on September 30,the act was renamed the Iran Sanctions Act ISAas it no longer applied to Libya, and extended until December 31, Reagan administration[ edit ] See also: United States support for Iraq during the Iran—Iraq war American intelligence and logistical support played a crucial role in arming Iraq in the Iran—Iraq Waralthough Bob Woodward states that the United States gave information to both sides, hoping "to engineer a stalemate".
Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous dual-use items, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague. Hezbollah bombings[ edit ] The United States contends that Hezbollaha Shi'ite Islamist organization and client of Iran, has been involved in several anti-American terrorist attacks, including the April United States Embassy bombing which killed 17 Americans, the Beirut barracks bombing which killed US peace keepers in Lebanonand the Khobar Towers bombing.
An American district court judge ruled in that the April United States Embassy bombing was carried out with Iranian support. Lamberth declared that the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for the attack in a case brought by the victims' families.
Lamberth concluded that Hezbollah was formed under the auspices of the Iranian government, was completely reliant on Iran inand assisted Iranian Ministry of Information and Security agents in carrying out the operation. Anti-communist purge[ edit ] According to the Tower Commission report: Inthe U. Using this information, the Khomeini government took measures, including mass executions, that virtually eliminated the pro-Soviet infrastructure in Iran.
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Iran—Contra affair In violation of an arms embargo, officials of President Ronald Reagan's administration arranged in the mids to sell armaments to Iran in an attempt to improve relations with Iran and obtain their influence in the release of hostages held in Lebanon. Oliver North of the National Security Council then diverted proceeds from the arms sale to fund Contra rebels attempting to overthrow the left wing government of Nicaraguawhich was in direct violation of the United States Congress ' Boland Amendment.
By re-instituting the Shah in Iran, Washington began to alienate an increasingly influential cleric class which 28 years later would help remove the monarchy in the Islamic revolution.
The US severed its diplomatic relations with Iran following the seizure of American hostages in Tehran in Here is a review of key dates which shaped Iran's relations with the US. Mohammad Mossadeq, a nationalist, is elected by the lower house of the Iranian Legislature to be prime minister. In a move that would anger the West and set the tone for decades to come, Mossadeq decrees the nationalisation of the oil industry just days after he is appointed. The Shah's refusal to allow Mossadeq to appoint some of his own cabinet leads the prime minister to resign.
Five days of rioting ensues after which the Shah, under pressure, reinstates Mossadeq and concedes to his demands.
For the next year, Mossadeq passes reforms limiting the Shah's unconstitutional powers. Mossadeq is deposed by his military officers in a coup orchestrated by American and British intelligence agencies, restoring power to the Shah. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a religious leader and fierce critic of the Shah, begins what would be 14 years of exile in Iraq.
The US-backed Shah is forced to flee to Egypt. Khomeini returns from exile and seizes power. The new Iranian government terminates its membership in the Baghdad Pact. Iranian students seize 63 hostages at the American embassy in Tehran demanding the return of the Shah to face trial.
The US severs diplomatic ties and imposes sanctions on Iran.
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In a war that would last for the next eight years, Western-backed Iraq invades Iran. The last 52 hostages are freed a few hours after Jimmy Carter, the then US president, leaves office. They were held for days. These illegal funds are used to help Nicaraguan rebels.
This comes to be known as the Iran-Contra scandal. This follows an incident a month earlier when the same cruiser opened fire on Iranian small boats searching a bulk carrier.
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Iran remains neutral during the Gulf War. Oil and trade sanctions are imposed on Iran by Bill Clinton, the then US president, after he accuses Tehran of sponsoring terrorism and seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
Mohammed Khatami is elected president of Iran. He calls for dialogue with the American people in an interview on US network television. Clinton extends sanctions on US oil contracts with Iran after Iranian reformists win in the general election. Madeleine Albright, the then US secretary of state, meets with Kamal Kharrazi, the then Iranian foreign minister, at the UN for the first such talks since the Iranian revolution in The US accuses Iran of being directly involved in the bombing of an American military base in Saudi Arabia, evoking an angry rejection of the charges by Tehran.
Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr begins construction with the help of Russian technicians, prompting strong objections from the US. The US accuses Iran of a clandestine nuclear weapons programme with two nuclear sites under construction at Natanz and Arak. The International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA concludes that the nuclear sites at Natanz and Arak are indeed under construction but designed solely to provide fuel for future power plants.
Iran agrees to tougher UN inspections of its nuclear facilities and to suspend its uranium enrichment.