Tensions between Iran and the United States have been high for many years. However, it’s quickly becoming clear that these tensions are stronger than we had previously thought. Earlier this year, the United States backed out of what was known as the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Germany, and Iran. With Iran – fully, the Islamic Republic of Iran – on one side of the proverbial aisle and the other six countries on the opposing side, Iran unarguably was given the shit end of the figurative stick. Also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal essentially required Iran to rid itself of its nuclear weapons and capabilities for launching and manufacturing them. The deal had lengthened the time necessary for Iran to manufacture a nuclear bomb from scratch. Prior to the deal’s 2015 minting, Iran had only needed between two to three months to create a nuclear warhead. After the JCPOA was kicked into place, Iran would have taken at least 12 months to create such a bomb. The number of centrifuges, or sticks of fuel that nuclear bombs require, were reduced by about 70 percent. Further, Iran’s inventory of uranium was cut down significantly. Also, the Islamic Republic of Iran was forced to never manufacture plutonium, a material that is necessary for nuclear weapons’ manufacturing. Although the aforementioned requirements weren’t all of the conditions laid out by the Iran nuclear deal, they are among the most important. After United States President Donald Trump led the United States out of the deal, tensions between the United States and Iran inched higher immediately. But how high are these tensions? Yesterday, on Monday, October 1, 2018, Iran launched a handful of high-powered missiles into the nearby country of Syria. The Revolutionary Guard, the military of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is said to have launched the missiles at militants allegedly involved in the slaying of 24 people in Ahvaz, Iran, not too long ago. An Iranian state television reporter said of the missiles, “the world of arrogance – especially America, the Zionist regime, and the Al Saud – will hear the sound of Iran’s repeated blows.” Al Saud is the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, whereas “the Zionist regime” refers to Israel. According to the Revolutionary Guard, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel supported the so-called “terrorists” that were said to be responsible for the aforementioned slaying of 24 Iranians.
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