The Conflict Between Iran And The United Nations

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The American hostage crisis occurred in Iran on November 4, 1979 when Iranians forcibly took control of the American embassy in Tehran. The Iran hostage crisis had its origins in a series of events that took place nearly a half-century before it began. The source of tension between Iran and the U.S. stemmed from an increasingly intense conflict over oil which continued throughout the years and fueled Iran’s hatred of Western influence throughout the revolution. During the midst of the revolution, American diplomats and officials were held hostage within the embassy for 444 days. Under pressure, President Carter tried every peaceful means he could in order to obtain the release of the hostages. Diplomatic relations were cut off, imports of…show more content…
Iranians remained passive and allowed the U.S. to continually profit off of their oil for years until newly elected Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh sought to change this. An American staged coup successfully removed Mossadegh from office and reinstated Shah Reza Pahlavi, who moved Iran into a more modern and pro Western era. As per their arrangement, the Shah negotiated a deal with the U.S. that provided Iran with tens of millions of dollars in foreign aid and in return the U.S. was given permission to once again control more than 80 percent of Iran’s oil reserves. (Pollack 2004, 54) Looking for a way to revive Iran and return the country to it’s former glory, the people looked to the one man they thought could accomplish this, Ayatollah Khomeini. Thus the Iranian revolution was born. In an effort to remove Western influence and American intervention, extremists stormed the American embassy’s gates in Tehran, eventually forcing their way inside. American diplomats and embassy officials were taken hostage and held for 444 days, starting the event that is known as the hostage crisis. After diplomatic intervention failed to secure the release of the hostages, President Carter decided to order a rescue mission. Though the odds were against its success, plans for the military operation went ahead and the rescue mission was ultimately a complete disaster. Departing from
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