The change in the Rouhani administration awaited by both critics and supporters appears to have started on July 25 with the replacement of Iran’s central bank governor and news of the Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) chief’s offer to resign.
This comes as Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has said economic hardship could prompt the government to resort to food rationing.
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The Iranian rial fell to 112,000 to the dollar on Sunday, from 98,000 to $1 on Saturday. The government-set exchange rate was 44,070 to the dollar, compared to 35,186 on January 1.
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DUBAI – Iran’s currency plunged to another record low on Sunday, dropping past 100,000 rials to the US dollar as Iranians brace for Aug. 7 when the United States is due to reimpose a first lot of sanctions on their economy.
In May the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Washington decided to reimpose sanctions on Iran upon its withdrawal, accusing it of posing a security threat, and has told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face US financial measures.
The United States is not after regime change in Iran, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said.
Asked whether the U.S.administration had created a regime change or collapse policy, Mattis said on July 27 “There’s none that’s been instituted.”
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French car manufacturer Renault says it is likely to leave Iran to avoid renewed U.S. sanctions in spite of previous promises to remain.
Several other major companies including Maersk, Total, Peugeot, General Electric, Boeing, Reliance, and Siemens have already left Iran to evade U..S sanctions, which economic experts in Iran say will hit Iranians even harder in about
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Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said, “The Americans must fully understand that peace with Iran is the mother of all the peace, and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars,” Tehran Times reported.
Royal Dutch Airlines announced on Saturday that it will suspend its direct flights to Tehran, delivering another blow to Iran’s struggling economy.
The Dutch airline KLM said in a statement: “As a result of the negative results and financial outlook for the Tehran operation, the last flight will take off from Amsterdam on September 22, 2018 and land at Schiphol on September 23.”
The timing of the airline’s announcement coincided with a major diplomatic spat between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Netherlands.
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) – French shipping group CMA CGM has decided to pull out of Iran following the Trump administration’s decision to renew sanctions on companies operating in the country, its chief executive said on Saturday.
Some other big shipping companies like A.P. Moller-Maersk have already said they would halt business ahead of a reimposition of sanctions following the United States’ decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.
The Belgian federal prosecutor confirmed the opening of an investigation into a terror plot targeting the Iranian opposition conference in Paris, France, based on information from the Belgian state security agency.
The security authorities in Antwerp, northern Belgium, arrested two suspects, Anis S. (1980) and his wife Nasima N. (1984), both Belgians of Iranian origin, suspected of involvement in planning an extremist bombing attack on Saturday in Paris’ Villepint where the National Council of Resistance of Iran is currently holding its annual conference.
The couple, described by prosecutors as being “of Iranian origin”, were carrying 500 grams (about a pound) of the volatile explosive TATP along with a detonation device when an elite police squad stopped them in a residential district of Brussels.
Belgian prosecutors said an alleged accomplice was under arrest in France, while two others were released after questioning by French police.
The statement said that an Iranian diplomat at the Austrian embassy in Vienna, a contact of the couple, was also arrested in Germany.
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TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday he cannot confirm a report that claims the European Union has presented a package to Iran convince it to remain in the nuclear deal following the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 accord.
According to the official website of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Qassemi said so far no economic package has been offered by the EU to the Iranian side, adding the European states are still engaged in the final rounds of their talks on the package.
“Definitely, we will announce and begin examining the package’s content as soon as we receive it,” he remarked.
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