Thursday, February 20, 2014
(Undated) -- The U.S. embargo on Iranian oil will stay in place, even if there's a deal on Iran's nuclear program. A U.S. official said early today that the embargo put in place shortly after the Iranian revolution will stay. The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Iran after hundreds of people swarmed the U.S. embassy in Tehran in late 1979 and took 52 Americans hostage. Iran held them for more than a year, releasing them in January of 1981. Currently, the U.S. and five other nations accuse Iran of working to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is aimed only at generating energy.