TEHRAN - IRAN
Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic Republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and the Shah was forced into exile.
Iranian-U.S. relations have been strained since a group of Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, and held it until January 20, 1981. During 1980-88, a war with Iraq cost a million Iranian lives and devastated the economy. Today, Tehran faces both political and social transformation as some Iranians embrace liberal ideologies while others maintain established Islamic traditions.
Sister City since
May 26, 1972
Distance from LA
City 7,352,00 - Country 68,688,433
Mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast
GMT +3.5 (12.5 hours ahead of Los Angeles)