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Nearly 70 years of hostility between the US and Iran

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Nearly 70 years of hostility between the US and Iran

Mossadegh introduced a number of reforms and was trusted by many Iranians.

President Trump (right) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

American and British intelligence combined to incite a coup in 1953 and then installed a pro-American government headed by King Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

In 1979, millions of Iranians rose up against King Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was considered corrupt and dictatorial, during the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

Islamic leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who lived in exile while directing protests against King Pahlavi, returned to Iran in February 1979.

Protesting US President Jimmy Carter allowing King Pahlavi to go to the US for medical treatment, Iranian students in November 1979 stormed and occupied the US embassy in Tehran, holding 52 hostages for 444 days (Iran initially held 66 hostages but released them).

The hostages were released on January 20, 1981, the same day President Ronald Reagan took office.

Nearly 70 years of hostility between the US and Iran

Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979.

In 1980 – 1988, the US supported Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the war against Iran.

In 1983, a suicide bomber attacked the US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 241 US soldiers.

In 1988, the American warship USS Vincennes shot down Iranian passenger plane Air Flight 655, killing all 290 people.

Bilateral relations continued to deteriorate when President George W. Bush called Iran part of the `axis of evil`, along with Iraq and North Korea in his 2002 State of the Union address.

Meanwhile, right-wing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was elected in 2005, worried Washington by declaring that Israel, a key US ally, must be `wiped off the map`.

In 2002, an Iranian opposition group revealed that Iran was developing nuclear facilities including a uranium enrichment plant.

The United States and other countries made diplomatic efforts with Iran to ask them to give up nuclear weapons but did not achieve success.

In September 2013, a month after moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office, he and US President Barack Obama spoke by phone, marking the first conversation between the two countries’ leaders in more than 30 years.

In 2015, after a series of diplomatic activities, Iran and the major powers US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany reached a nuclear agreement.

Nearly 70 years of hostility between the US and Iran

Turbulence between the US and Iran.

However, bilateral relations have deteriorated since Trump came to power.

Experts say that Trump always considers Iran a `thorn in his side`.

In May 2019, the US tightened sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports.

On June 20, Iran shot down an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz.

Analysts assess that Iran is taking tough moves to show that it has run out of patience.

At the end of December 2019, a rocket attack killed an American contractor at a base in Kirkuk, northeastern Iraq.

Nearly 70 years of hostility between the US and Iran

The feud caused Iran to attack US missiles

6 days America – Iran on the brink of war.

Trump accused Iran of instigating protests at the embassy and threatened Tehran would `pay a big price` in a tweet on December 31.

On January 8, IRGC launched 22 missiles at bases of US and coalition forces in Iraq.

On January 8, Trump said Iran’s missile attack did not cause significant damage and Washington is ready to seek peace with Tehran.

The statements of Trump and Iran’s Foreign Minister are considered a sign of de-escalation of tensions.

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