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The United States and Iran – decades of enmity

On January 29, 2002:-

  • After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, US President George W. Bush described Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as the axis of evil.
  • In September 2002, US government officials suspected that Iraq could develop a nuclear weapon.
  • Eventually, In preparation for the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

In January 2006:-

  • Iran resumed uranium enrichment, as part of its nuclear program.
  • The Americans expressed concern about Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear bomb.
  • According to media reports, President Bush was studying the option of using a “nuclear weapon” as a war tactic against Iran.
  • Finally, in May of the same year, Iran threatened to withdraw from the NPT, which it signed in 1968.

2008/2009 At the end of President George W. Bush’s rule:-

  • US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns participated for the first time in talks in Geneva on the Iranian nuclear file.
  • In 2009, with President Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House, he announced that he was ready to turn a new page with Iran.

In the period 2009-2012:-

There was no breakthrough in US-Iranian relations, and the major negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program almost stopped.

They announced that Iran was building a secret uranium enrichment site in Fordow.

In 2012:-

  • A US law came into effect giving President Obama the power to impose sanctions on foreign banks.
  • Including the central banks of the countries allied to the United States, if their purchases of Iranian oil were not curtailed.
  • This led to a significant decline in Iranian oil sales and left a huge impact on its economy.

In August 2013 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:-

  • After assuming power, announced that he wanted to lay down specific economic sanctions against Tehran.
  • As well as, take steps towards responding to international demands by reducing the nuclear program.
  • So, this year saw secret negotiations between US and Iranian officials over the nuclear program.
  • Eventually, In September, Obama and Rouhani made the phone call, the highest level of contact between the two countries in three decades.

On July 14, 2015:-

The nuclear program agreement was concluded in Vienna. According to which Iran had to reduce its nuclear activities in order to lift the sanctions.

2016 With the arrival of President Donald Trump to the White House:-

  • He made it clear, expressing his desire to end the nuclear program agreement with Iran.
  • Finally, despite the IAEA’s continued assurances that Iran will adhere to the terms of the treaty.
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