Two days later, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out a ballistic missile test. The White House responded to the move with harsh and threatening language reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s approach toward Iran.
Iran's former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, died on January 8. (Reuters/Raheb Homavandi)
Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the pragmatic centrist former president of Iran, who died Jan. 8 after a heart attack, was one of the pillars of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic.