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At a time when U.S - Iran relations are thawing, it is important to take a look back at the events preceding President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s historic phone call on Sept 27. It was the first time in over three decades that the heads of these two states had direct communication.
Carbonated.TV has prepared a photo timeline illustrating the tumultuous relationship between the two nations that may help explain why this is a historic moment in international relations between two critical regions.
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Since the 1950s, when the US played a pivotal role in the overthrow (via military coup) of a democratically elected Iranian government, relations between the two countries have been nothing short of hostile. America’s role in the coup has been recognized as a pivotal moment in Iran’s public sentiments towards the now ‘leader of democracy’ in the world.
The 1980s were particularly trying years for any cordiality between the two countries due to America’s role in Iran’s eight year war with Iraq, in which the U.S supported the latter in various capacities. Not to mention the Iran hostage crisis where 52 American’s were held captive in Tehran in November 1979 and were not released till 1981. The icing on the cake for that decade was when a US Navy ship shot down an Iranian passenger plane killing all 290 people on board.
Under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013), Iran remained hostile toward the U.S., and vice versa. Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani replaced Ahmadinejad in June to start what seems to be a new phase in US-Iran relations.
With former hard-liner Ahmadinejad gone and if Rouhani’s new stance on diplomacy is genuine, it appears that the only hindrance to peace is Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu who maintains that Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction.
For more details on the timeline of US-Iran relations check out the slideshow above.