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Countries with No U.S. Foreign Relations

In the whole world, there are only five countries that don't have foreign relations with the United States. Can you name them?
Only includes countries that appear on the Countries of the World Quiz
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First submittedJuly 21, 2016
Last updatedMay 11, 2019
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Bhutan
Iran
North Korea
Syria
Taiwan
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level 58
Jul 21, 2016
Nice one! This one is pretty hard though.
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level 76
Jul 21, 2016
Surely, the United States doesn't have foreign relations with the United States?
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level 73
Aug 18, 2016
Brilliant!
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level 44
Dec 15, 2016
You're a genius :D
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level 49
Dec 15, 2016
Quizmaster, listen to the people! 5/26 comments on this quiz are already for adding the US as an answer. That's almost 20%, which is a pretty big demographic if you ask me.
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level 72
Oct 5, 2019
This sounds like an official tweet....
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level 20
Dec 15, 2016
YES! Wonderful. Quizmaster! Add please.
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level 58
Dec 15, 2016
Not gonna lie, I tried it as a desperate guess when I was stumped thinking of the last two.
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level 62
Jul 21, 2016
Surprised to see Bhutan, Taiwan is pretty understandable
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level 72
Jul 24, 2016
Taiwan's not understandable - it only broke relations off after China threatened a big tantrum if it didn't. That shouldn't be a reason to turn your back on your friends.
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level ∞
Jul 24, 2016
So the UN isn't the arbiter of sovereignty after all, @Jerry928? ;-)
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level 62
Aug 20, 2016
...which is understandable.
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level 20
Dec 15, 2016
Think about it. If we broke relations with China by being friendly with Taiwan our economy would suffer, and Cold War tensions could be revived.
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level 59
Dec 15, 2016
well looks like we broke Taiwanese non-relations, and Bhutan isn't a surprise since they only have relations with surrounding nations and the EU for the most part.
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level 70
Jul 21, 2016
The only one I got so far has the lowest percentage - Bhutan. N Korea, Iran, and Syria didn't even pop into my head. I guess I was thinking bad relations was still relations of a kind. (facepalm)
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level 65
Nov 8, 2016
even if you looked at the flag in the picture ?
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level 72
Jul 24, 2016
Surprised Yemen isn't on this list.
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level 66
Mar 23, 2017
Obama was constantly bombing Yemen for some reason. Not sure if that counts as "relations" though
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level 72
Oct 5, 2019
Sounds like a jealous boyfriend.
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level 68
Aug 2, 2016
Does Iran still make the list?
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level 62
Aug 9, 2016
Yeah, especially since Obama payed Iran $400 million in US hostages.
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level ∞
Nov 7, 2016
According to Wikipedia, still no relations:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93United_States_relations
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level 75
Nov 19, 2016
Great quiz. Not too hard if you think about it. Though Bhutan came out of the blue, for me at least.
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level 63
Dec 15, 2016
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level 71
Jan 2, 2017
Is it because Bhutan has foreign relations with NO ONE? Bhutan has nothing against the US, and there are a lot of religious ties. Bhutan is odd :-)
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level 61
Dec 15, 2016
I got all but Bhutan in about 5 seconds, then was completely stuck.
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level 66
Dec 15, 2016
The United States definitely has foreign relations with Taiwan. They just do so under a cover of a thin legal pretense that allows us to claim that we don't. The caveat to this quiz should say "No official US foreign relations." I bet the percentage of people who guess Taiwan would jump up significantly. The Wikipedia article describes the unofficial relations fairly well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan%E2%80%93United_States_relations We sell Taiwan tons of military equipment and congress has enacted numerous laws including the "Taiwan Relations Act Affirmation." Taiwan maintains an official representation in Washington (just don't call it an embassy). I would say all of that counts as having relations.
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level 59
Dec 15, 2016
You might, but officially they don't, and that's what counts.
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level 66
Dec 15, 2016
That's my point. They quiz should say, at least in the caveat that the standard is not having an embassy.
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level 61
Dec 15, 2016
The US surely dont have any diplomatic relations with palestine?
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level 59
Dec 15, 2016
Palestine isn't on the Countries of the World quiz, as specified in the description.
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level 66
Dec 15, 2016
The US not having relations with Palestine is one of the biggest hurdles keeping them from UN recognition, so it's kind of a catch-22. However, the most important issue facing Palestine is really Jetpunk recognition.
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level 58
Dec 15, 2016
It's next on the agenda, right after we agree on which continent Cyprus belongs to.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2016
If this was Facebook, I would have liked jamesd and DeusCaritasEst's comments.
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level 66
Mar 23, 2017
If this was facebook, both of their comments would have been censored
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level 71
Dec 15, 2016
How do you strike a nuclear deal with Iran without foreign relations?
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level 22
Dec 15, 2016
What about the Iran deal?
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level 39
Dec 15, 2016
Only got Iran & North Korea would have never guessed Bhutan
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level 77
Dec 15, 2016
Taiwan certainly has a very healthy relationship. Just not officially. And up until recently no president has been stupid enough to question why that was.
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level 62
Dec 15, 2016
Bhutan and North Korea were my first guesses! Got all but Taiwan.
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level 20
Dec 15, 2016
Why no relations with Bhutan? What did they do?
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level 62
Dec 15, 2016
"While the U.S. has no formal diplomatic relations with Bhutan, it maintains informal contact through its embassy in New Delhi." Pretty much saying that the US doesn't have an embassy there.
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level 68
May 23, 2019
The US has no embassy in 25 countries. Mostly small ones whose relations are handled through US embassies in bigger countries nearby.
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level 42
Dec 15, 2016
I am quite surprised with the U.S. not having any relations with Bhutan.
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level 40
Dec 15, 2016
According to the source, Taiwan is shown as a disputed area, not a country without diplomatic relations.
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level 44
Dec 17, 2016
No wonder Syria is in such a state. Didn't know about Taiwan. Guess trump didn't either.
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level 24
Dec 17, 2016
22 seconds left
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level 20
Dec 19, 2016
Why does the US not have relations with Bhutan?
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level 30
Dec 20, 2016
We must have some sort of relations with Iran since Obama gave them all that money.
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level 45
Jan 4, 2018
I knew iran, north korea and bhutan, took me a bit of time to get Taiwan and surprislingy syria
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level 63
Jan 23, 2019
Gotta update for Venezuela.
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level ∞
Jan 24, 2019
I'm not so sure. The U.S. has relations with Venezuela, just not with the current dictator. I have a feeling that Maduro might be on his way out as well. In any case, it's up for debate and there's no reason to change the quiz especially if I'll just change it back in a few weeks/months.
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level 72
Apr 23, 2019
I'm surprised that Bhutan doesn't have relations with the U.S. and that people don't glance at the other comments before asking the same question ad nauseum.
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level 65
May 10, 2019
Please add the standard typein of ROC for Taiwan.
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level ∞
May 11, 2019
Done