Simplifying the complex relationship between the US and Iran


With the events of September 11, 2001 in the United States, some Iranian voices showed great concern about the American statements that were received by President Bush and a number of his administration’s members, which declared that the world has now become divided between two camps: with the coalition against terrorism, or with terrorism. In other words, whoever is not with America and the alliance is with terrorism. Hence, Iran deliberately expressed on more than one level its condemnation of the attacks on the United States and its rejection of terrorism in every form. 

In a speech to the Supreme Leader of Khamenei before the people of Isfahan on October 30, 2001, he said, “We condemn terrorism in all its forms. Perhaps the remark that must be mentioned in this regard, the Iranian political scene has not seen a split in opinion between the reformists and the conservatives as usual, as Tehran realized that the United States is serious about its threats, especially given that it places “Iran on the list of countries accused of sponsoring international terrorism.”

In the United States’ war in Afghanistan in the context of what was called its war on terror, Washington needed to help Iran in the early stages of its war in Afghanistan, and therefore it sought dialogue with it in every way, especially on the security level. Additionally, Britain has played a mediating role in this through Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s visit to Tehran. Hence, despite Iranian condemnation of the American invasion of Afghanistan, according to Supreme Leader Khamenei, “We condemn terrorism in all its forms and oppose the American campaign against Afghanistan and refuse to enter into any American-led coalition,” criticizing those who call for talks with them, saying “If they are not bad faith, they are heedless.” 

On the fact that these talks satisfy the acceptance of achieving American interests, “Iran provided field support to the United States in its war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and agreed in October 2001 to contribute to saving any American forces facing problems in the region, and also allowed the United States to use one of its ports to ship wheat to war zones in Afghanistan and participated in military support to the Northern Alliance forces even took control of Kabul.

A quick glance at the TV will reveal that tensions between the United States of America and Iran are escalating.

It can also be said that these same tensions have started to glow and prolong forever over the past five years. While the Iranian nuclear deal attracts the attention of geopolitical powers around the world, a more accurate look at the relationship between Iran and the United States is necessary in an attempt to curb misinformation. 

With that being said, let’s take a handy summary that details the relationship and tensions that the United States and Iran occupy at the center of the world. The current tensions between the United States and Iran can be traced back to a statement by Donald Trump, the current president of the United States. 

President Trump has announced that he will withdraw the United States from the Iranian Nuclear Deal. The Iranian Nuclear Deal was put in place with the effort of President Obama and his administration. The ultimate goal of the deal was to restrict Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear arsenal while offering to abolish the sanctions that affected the economy of the Middle Eastern country. 

To understand why it is important to reduce the availability of another nuclear arsenal, you can read more in-depth clarifications from Middle East experts like energy lawyer Amir Handjani. With additional resources at your disposal, you will see that these tensions are broad and far-reaching. The roots of the geopolitical debates surrounding Iran and the United States are based on potential war fears. President Trump and his administration have repeatedly claimed that Iran poses a direct and immediate threat, which means that more military action may collapse. 

With instability in the region, wider concerns about the war between the two countries have been legitimized in recent months. As tension escalates, political experts are still waiting to hear what the Trump administration is pointing to as a direct and emerging threat. To make matters more complicated, the United States has to deal with lingering suspicions in the region because of the wrong intelligence group that caused the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 

This is compounded by the fact that President Trump was operating from a reckless point of view, and therefore rarely approaches Iran in a way they will find respectable. While the threat of war with Iran leads to comparisons with the Iraqi invasion, political experts argue that they are not the same. Iran is four times larger than Iraq. The Islamic Republic of Iran also has a population of 80 million. As one of the most populous countries in the region, the war in Iraq will lead to a catastrophe for millions of lives. With all this, there are some health doubts that the two countries will ever come out. Iran and the United States have been grappling for decades with bombings, including the Iranian fleet that has captured American sailors and their patrol boats. As for what is in the future, with the participation of President Trump and Iran, who can say?