WASHINGTON–On Saturday, Iran announced a travel ban on all U.S. citizens, according to Reuters. Only one year since the historic Iran Nuclear Deal was implemented, relations between Washington and Tehran seem to be unexpectedly souring.
“While respecting the American people…Iran will implement [a travel ban on all American citizens],” a statement from the Iranian foreign ministry said. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has stated that actions taken by newly-inaugurated American president Trump are a “gift to extremists,” signifying a significant Iranian realignment back to extreme anti-Americanism.
Seen by many Americans as an act of war, Rouhani’s decision to ban all travel comes at a very critical point in relations between the United States and Iran.
On Tuesday morning, Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi warship off of the coast of Yemen. Reports confirm that the rebels were yelling “Death to America, death to Israel” while firing missiles at the Saudi ship. According to this coalition, three suicide vessels were also involved with the attack on this ship.
On Monday, the Iranian military conducted a ballistic missile test. According to United States officials, this was a clear violation of a resolution passed by the United Nations soon after the Iran Nuclear Deal was approved. Per U.N. resolution 2231, Iran was very clearly not allowed to conduct these nuclear tests.
The future of Washington-Tehran relations looks bleak, and with the hardline stance taken by president Trump combined with the increasing extremism and acts of war from Rouhani, the United States may be looking at a serious conflict in the middle east very soon.