Iran is a dangerous country, but it is not an existential threat to either Israel or America.
After the U.S., China and other world powers imposed stiffer sanctions on Iran in 2009, Li “went underground.”
That is seen as better than an endgame that involves trying to contain a nuclear-armed Iran, or taking up arms against it.
In response, Iran has carried out mass arrests at home—and backed a series of offensives against ISIS abroad.
The freeze is designed to keep nuclear activities from growing, but Iran would actually be diminishing its stockpile.
It does not go back beyond the period of the Arabian empire over Iran.
Transcaucasia, now joined to Russia, is a part of the plateau of Iran.
At first scorned and disregarded, the Russians have risen into the strongest and most dangerous opponent of Iran.
The variety in the literature no doubt reflects a variety in the religion of Iran.
The plateau of Iran is also noted for its wool, and the rugs from this region cannot be imitated elsewhere in the world.
from Persian Iran, from Middle Persian Ērān "(land) of the Iranians," genitive plural of ēr- "an Iranian," from Old Iranian *arya- (Old Persian ariya-, Avestan airya-) "Iranian", from Indo-Iranian *arya- or *ārya- (see Aryan), a self-designation, perhaps meaning "compatriot." In 1935 the government of Reza Shah Pahlavi requested governments with which it had diplomatic relations to call his country Iran, after the indigenous name, rather than the Greek-derived Persia.
Republic in the Middle East, bordered by Armenia, the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan to the north; Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east; the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to the south; and Iraq and Turkey to the west. Its capital and largest city is Teheran.
Note: Core of the ancient Persian Empire, Iran was known as Persia until 1935.
Note: The United States supported the regime of the shah (king) Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was forced by popular opposition to leave the country in 1979.
Note: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ruled from 1979 until his death in 1989, imposing strict Islamic law.
Note: In 1979, Iranian militants attacked the U.S. embassy and seized hostages, including sixty-two Americans, who were held until 1981.
Note: Iraq unsuccessfully invaded Iran in 1980.
Note: The Iranian government was widely believed to have controlled the taking of U. S. hostages in Lebanon. (See Iran-Contra affair.)
Note: The 1990s saw some moderating elements emerge to challenge the conservative heirs to Khomeini.