Iran's relations with the US since Trump quit nuclear deal: timeline

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei beside a missile system
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei beside a missile system Copyright Reuters
By Alastair Jamieson
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The dispute between the US and Iran has expanded from Twitter into a standoff in the Middle East.

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Ever since Donald Trump withdrew the US from a multinational nuclear accord with Iran the two countries have been involved in a spiraling dispute.

In recent days the tension has moved beyond tweets and fiery speeches and focused on the world's busiest oil shipping route, the Strait of Hormuz.

After a series of incidents in which tankers passing the Iranian coast were damaged, the US has pointed the finger at Tehran, which angrily denies the accusations. 

The downing of a US drone by an Iranian missile system has raised the stakes further.

The timeline above shows some of the key events since 2017.

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