14th July, 2015 marks historical day when Iran and six world powers signed the nuclear deal led by U.S. with Iran, Iran revolution leader Ayatollah Khamenei declares that Iran agreed to the deal in order for all sanction levied against it to be fully terminated and not because they want to be an ally of U.S. The first economic sanction placed on Iran by U.S. was dated back to 1979 after U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized.
On November 4th 1979 Iranian Muslim students storms U.S. embassy in Tehran, took 99 Americans hostage but only 55 Americans stayed in captivity for 444 days till January 20, 1981 when they were all finally released; the incident worsen relations between the two countries. Iranians accused U.S. of interfering in its state of affairs by granting shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi asylum who was wanted in Iran to face trial for crimes.
Torching of U.S. flag and chanting of death to U.S. by Iranians has been captured on media channels several times. Iranian Past president Ayatollah Khamenei uses every opportunity he has to tell the world who “great Satan” which he also refer to as hypocrite really is, holds U.S. responsible for the deadliest war in Middle East history, the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war left about 1.5 million causalities on both sides, it occurs in less than twelve months after U.S. embassy was seized in Tehran.
On 22nd September, 1980, Iraq invaded Iran attacking it from air and land over border disputes to capture Iranian oil fields, Khuzestan. There were speculations that U.S. moved against Iran during the 1980-1988’s Iraq-Iran for seizure of its embassy in Tehran. Iranians suffered great loss in the hand of Iraqi government as they were attacked with chemical weapon and U.S. supplied Iraq with weapons and ammunition.
Following the 1980-1988 war, Iran was suspected of pursuing nuclear programme to take revenge for the ill treatment meted against it as it felt helpless while Iraq attacked it with chemical weapon during the war, its Uranium enrichment programme attracted more sanctions from U.S. Iranian officials have also been documented saying that they will do everything in their power to safeguard Iran against any external attack and retaliate accordingly; its uranium enrichment is therefore a risk for a country that is war ready. Uranium enrichment empowers to produce nuclear bombs, weapons of mass destruction. Iran was thereby forced to the negotiating table through sanctions to strike a deal with world powers to limit its uranium enrichment programme and prevent it from possessing nuclear weapons.
If all parties strictly adhere to terms of agreement of the nuclear deal, it is a good deal which leaves everyone a winner – economic sanction placed on Iran to be completely removed, Iran pledges to halt its uranium enrichment programme and accepts International Atomic Energy’s monitoring and inspection of its nuclear sites and activities.
In addition to some of the terms of agreement listed above, U.S. also agrees to the deal to be able to protect its territories, Israel, Middle East, and the rest of the world from terrorism which Iran has been accused to be a state sponsor of. Israel’s Prime Minister on the other hand opposes the nuclear deal, calls it bad deal which will only gives way for Iran to produce bombs, destabilise Middle East and the rest of the world and increase its ability to empower terror organisation, Hamas against Israel.
It is not enough for the world to just stop Iran from possessing nuclear weapon; we must also act to get rid of every single nuclear weapon in the world. Our world will only become more safe and peaceful when we invest more in humanity than in weapons which only destroy lives and the earth.