Why are sanc­tions im­posed on Iran?


In the Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion of 1979, an up­ris­ing of Is­lamist, leftist and stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions over­threw the Shah gov­ern­ment and re­placed it with an anti-Western theoc­racy. The US feared that an ex­ist­ing nu­clear pro­gramme might be used to develop nu­clear weapons, and so it be­gan sanc­tions in­tended to en­cour­age in­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal change. They re­main in force to­day, al­beit in a re­laxed form.

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