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The United States and the Iranian Nuclear ProgrammeA Critical History$
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Steven Hurst

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682638

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682638.001.0001

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The 1980s: Developing Hostility and the Origins of the Islamic Republic’s Nuclear Programme

The 1980s: Developing Hostility and the Origins of the Islamic Republic’s Nuclear Programme

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(p.62) 2 The 1980s: Developing Hostility and the Origins of the Islamic Republic’s Nuclear Programme
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The United States and the Iranian Nuclear Programme
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Steven Hurst

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682638.003.0003

Chronologically, Chapter Two focuses on the 1980s, but the main theme of the chapter is the development of mutual antipathy between Iran and the United States. This development is traced through an examination of their interactions from the 1953 coup to the Iran-Iraq War. The chapter emphasizes how the experiences of the 1953 coup in Iran, the Iranian Revolution and subsequent hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq War contributed to the development of a profound and widespread mutual hostility between the two countries that would subsequently come to act as a major constraint on policy-makers on both sides. The chapter also examines the origins of the IRI's nuclear programme and its connection to the emerging conflict with the USA.

Keywords:   1953 Coup, Hostage Crisis, Iran-Iraq War, Islamic Republic, Nuclear energy, Nuclear weapons, Reagan

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