Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George
W. Bush ordered on Friday to extend by one year a freeze of Iranian government
assets in the United States, the White House said.
The sanctions against Iran was first ordered by then
president Jimmy Carter on November 14, 1979, 10 days after Iran students took
over the American embassy in Tehran. The United States renews the freeze of
Iranian government assets every year since then.
Washington has no diplomatic relations with Tehran
since April 1980, five months after Iranian students occupied the American
embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days.