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June 2020

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Iran - Foreign Relations - United States

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Ruhani, Hasan, 1948-

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Guide Description



This guide will assist students interested in relations between the United States and Iran, specifically as it relates to P5+1 talks with Iran, Iran nuclear program, and sanctions imposed upon Iran.

"Since 1979, Iran has been led by conservatives who have kept reformers at bay. The elections of June 2005 dealt a blow to the reformists when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tehran's ultra-conservative mayor, became president. Ahmadinejad's controversial re-election in June 2009 has further widened the rift between conservatives and reformists. Iran remains subject to United States, United Nations, and European Union economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement in terrorism and its nuclear weapons ambitions. The United Nations Security Council has passed a number of resolutions calling for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities. Iran has an abundance of energy resources. It is OPEC’s second largest oil producer and holds about 10 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves. It also has the world’s second largest natural gas reserves (after Russia). However, heavy government control, corruption and inefficiency have weighed down the economy."

This research guide is not a comprehensive listing of sources, but is intended to be a starting point from which students can begin their research according to their specific needs.

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