On November 4, 1979, a mob of Iranian students flooded into the American Embassy in Tehran and forced the United States government to face a problem that they had never faced before; radical Islam. After being briefed on the taking of the embassy, the United States President at the time, Jimmy Carter, first went to the U.N. to try to bring an end to the hostage crisis. The U.N. Security Council took action by calling on the militants to free the hostages. The response by the Iranian government was that until they received their old leader back, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was admitted to the United States for cancer treatment, that they would hold the hostages indefinitely. Carter responded to the Iranians by ordering all of the Iranian people who did not comply with the student visa requirements out of the country. He then went on to halt oil imports from Iran and freeze all Iranian assets in United States banks. During the time that Carter took economic action against Iran, the Iranian government decided to put a new constitution in place that established Ayatollah Khomeini leader for life. In the Constitution, however, there was a President who had other powers within ...
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