Why are tensions rising between US and Iran? How is India affected?


Why are tensions rising between US and Iran? How is India affected?

The tensions between Iran and the United States are escalating by the day. Iran President Hassan Rouhani has said the country is facing “unprecedented pressure” from international sanctions, calling it a “war unprecedented in the history of Islamic revolution”.

Meanwhile, the US on its part ordered a partial evacuation of its Baghdad embassy in Iraq, Iran’s neighbour, on May 14. The drums of war between the two nations started beating ever since. Experts monitoring the situation have said a potential US-Iran conflict would prove to be catastrophic for the entire region, with countries like Israel also likely to be pulled in.

The relations between US and Iran have been in troubled waters ever since US President Donald Trump assumed office in 2016.

As a candidate, Trump’s campaign included blasting the deal between Iran and six other nations— called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement— to curb Iran’s nuclear programme. Trump had called it the “worst deal ever negotiated”. Read More

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