Political map of South & Southwest Asia 2 March 1946 (Iran Crisis): When World War II ended, the Soviet Union refused to withdraw from Allied-occupied Iran at the same time as Britain and the United States. Under pressure from the newly formed United Nations, the Soviets finally backed down, but tried to retain influence by forcing Iran to agree to oil concessions and to accept Soviet supported Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan People%27s Government) and Kurdish regimes (Republic of Mahabad) in the north. However, the Iranian government revoked these deals after the Soviet troops left.