SITUATION BETWEEN US AND IRAN

The United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran have no formal diplomatic relations till date. Earlier in the days US helped Iran create its nuclear program in the year 1957. It also provided Iran with weapons grade uranium. Tensions between Iraq and US trace back to 1953 when the CIA helped in the removal of Mohammad Mosaddegh and brought Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in power. He served as ally for the US and also bought weapons of billions of dollars, also allowing America to spy on the Soviet Union. But he was eliminated from power over the period of years by political opposition.

The political tensions between the two countries reached its boiling point this year, when in January 2020 US President Donald Trump had ordered an air strike on Iraq and killed Iraq’s top general Qasem Soleimani. The people of Iraq are furious over this and thousands of people came to the streets to mourn his death. They even vowed retaliation and ended up firing missiles on the base camps where American troops were housed. In their defence it was said they killed Soleimani as he was planning attacks on US diplomats. The various points of disagreement include control over Iran’s oil reserves, Iran’s desire for nuclear power, interference of the US government in Tehran and their growing influence in the Middle East.

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