The strains between the United States and Iran have been building up constantly for quite a long time. After the withdrawal of the Obama-period “Iran Nuclear Agreement” (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) on May 8, 2018, the United States president, Donald Trump, decided to engage in an extreme weight battle against Iran.
United States’ decision to inflicting a penalty on Iran’s remote minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has led to the tightening up of strains between the two nations. However, Iran is not the only country this penalty is having an impact on. Tehran, too, is getting caught up in these tensions and has made the decision to lash out in response to the political strains. Most of these tensions began in 2018 when The US president imposed the initial round of penalties that were mainly targeted at the Iranian economy ―majorly involving the oil and banking areas. This act then led to a chain of events which have only worsened as they progressed.
On April 8, 2019, The United States branded Iran’s ground-breaking Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist association with this being the first time it had at any point made such a designation for an arm of a remote government. Iran fights back by designating the US military as a terrorist organization instead. On May 2, 2019, The US closed the waivers that enabled nations to import Iranian oil. Without the aid of these waivers if a country would decide to buy oil from Iran, it would be subjected to the US sanctions, therefore, greatly affecting the Iranian economy.
A week later that The Trump administration inflicted additional penalties on Iran, targeting its steel, aluminum, and copper industries. The following month, further penalties were imposed by the US government on senior Iranian leaders — including on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. These tensions are yet to be resolved and so far no one knows if the possibility of an upcoming US-Iran war will turn into inevitability or if the issues will carefully be dealt with.