“Because our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is still underway, the national emergency declared on November 14, 1979, must continue in effect beyond November 14, 2011,” Obama said in a notice to Congress on Monday.
Obama’s decision is purely technical: each year, the U.S. president extends sanctions against Tehran November 14, 1979.
These sanctions, accompanied by the rupture of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the result of the hostage-taking of November 4, 1979 at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
On January 19, 1981, the United States and Iran have signed in Algiers agreements designed to address the crisis of American hostages still being held at this time armed by the Iranians. The agreements define a set of basic principles for the normalization of relations between the two countries.
Washington believes Tehran has not complied with all of the Algiers Agreements and developing a nuclear program dangerous for the world.