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Iran Economic Crisis Fueled In Part With IRGC Intrusion on Public Assets

The Iranian economic crisis is set to continue, even getting worse, over the course of the new Iranian year, which began on March 21, despite claims otherwise from regime officials. The crisis is caused by the regime’s policies, rather than sanctions, and will have consequences for the people and the regime.

The situation is so dire that in an article on Tuesday, the state-run media outlet Jahan-e Sanat warned that super inflation is coming, quoting regime economist Mohsen Rannani.

They wrote: “Economic and social crisis has driven the country to a dangerous point. If [authorities] do not act quickly to control and manage these crises. In that case, the country will enter an irreversible path.”

Then, quoting Hassan Jalalpour, the former chair of the Kerman Chamber of Commerce, they explained that the regime has directly and indirectly stolen from the people in order to make up budget deficits caused by spending too much on war and terrorism.

Of course, the Iranian people are already living with high inflation and skyrocketing prices, especially over the Nowruz holidays as the Eghtesd-e Pouya daily noted. To make matters worse, the Central Bank Chief Abdolnasser Hemati said that the government would compensate for the budget shortfall by printing banknotes, even though this increases inflation and prices, which would only cause more damage to the economy.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that this year would see obstacles to production removed, but regime corruption has damaged the manufacturing sector over the years. Many Iranian factories are closing (or have already closed) due to the regime’s privatization, which only increases the holdings of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

This will only get worse with the passage of the “Public-Private Partnership Bill”, which is designed to benefit the regime and its affiliates, rather than the people. Rannani explained that it will “create a corruption capacity” of $61 billion, while another economist, Farshad Momeni, suggested it was more like $79 billion. Rannani also warned that “all types of public assets” could be handed over to the private sector (i.e., the IRGC) under this bill.

The Iranian Resistance wrote: “World powers are trying to revive the nuclear talks with the regime. Western companies are eager to use Iran’s market and establish a “mutual economic partnership” with Iran and the so-called “private sector.” While regime apologists claim these financial relations will help Iranian people, the facts above show that all the money would end up in the hand of IRGC or vanish in the regime’s black hole of corruption.”

Yet Another Iran Official Admits Regime Is To Blame for Economic Crisis

Iranian officials, experts, and state-run media outlets have begun warning of a new uprising in Iran as social and economic crises get worse.

The Arman daily interviewed sociologist Mostafa Eghlimi on Saturday and he highlighted that Iran’s economic crisis led to a 35% increase in inflation over the past year, as well as skyrocketing prices, which has resulted in customers having less purchasing power, shops shutting, factories closing, and people being laid off.

Eghlima explained that this means that the country is on the verge of explosion because the people who have nothing are told to “be satisfied” by regime officials who are living in the lap of luxury and refuse to do anything to right the problem.

He said: “People’s economic conditions have a direct influence on social developments of society. Meanwhile, no one is willing to accept the responsibility of people’s social and economic problems. In this situation, some advise people to resist. The question is, while the father is unable to feed his wife and children, how on earth could he resist? The government announced it would increase salaries, but anytime it does, it also increases taxes several times. People hate a government that cannot manage crises. People cannot live with promises, and officials’ promises wouldn’t be the food on their table.”

As the regime and its apologists attempt to blame sanctions for the economic crisis, it is more and more apparent that the mullahs are to blame, as Eghlima said that it is the regime’s “wrong economic policies” that caused this crisis.

Furthermore, Eghlima stated that, in spite of regime claims that those demanding regime change are linked to foreign powers, the people are demanding an end to the regime

He said: “When economic pressure on people exceeds their capacity, naturally these pressures turn to protests on streets. How long could we manage society as we have done in the past? As much as we make hollow promises and postpone resolving their problems to the future, the severe the social explosion will be. I warn officials. They should think now and increase their efforts to answer people’s demands.”

The Iranian Resistance explained that the regime is fully aware that a new uprising is brewing, which is why they’ve increased oppressive measures, including execution, arbitrary arrest, and torture, but that these will not help the mullahs cling to power, as the daily protests have shown.

Economic Protests Continue in Iran

Protests have continued across Iran this week, with people furious over economic conditions that throw them into poverty.

On Monday, January 25, social security retirees protested their poor living conditions, caused by their pension status, outside the Planning and Budget Organization. They said that their pensions were lower than those of military retirees and that this should be equalled out.

While on Tuesday, January 26, retirees held protests in several cities across the country, including in Tehran, Karaj, Ilam, Mashhad, Ardabil, Kermanshah, Qazvin, Ahvaz, Neyshabour, Rasht, Arak, Isfahan, Tabriz, Khorramabad, and Sari.

In Tehran, they chanted, “We are fed up with this injustice”, while in Ilam they shouted “Retirees are awake and hate discrimination”. In Karaj, they chanted, “our baskets are empty, enough with hollow promises”.

These protests were organised in spite of increased repression from the regime’s forces because that is how desperate the retirees are. Unable to meet their expenses with their pension alone, many cannot work because they have illnesses or disabilities.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the retirees.

She said: “To end poverty, inflation and unemployment, one must only rise up and protest to overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism and establish freedom and justice in our enchained homeland.”

Of course, it’s not just retirees who have been protesting.  Nurses at Shiraz Central Hospital protested on Monday over hospital officials’ refusal to increase their wages, despite a Labor Ministry order.

The nurses said: “We are demanding wages’ increase and improving working [conditions].”

Protest by nurses of Central Hospital in the city of Shiraz, Fars province
Protest by nurses of Central Hospital in the city of Shiraz, Fars province

Also, on Monday, January 25, teachers in several cities held protests to demand answers from local officials.

Preschool teachers in Baghmalek, Khuzestan Province, protested outside the governorate building to demand job security and an immediate return to work. While contract teachers in Abadan, Khuzestan Province, rallied outside the local parliament office to demand their employment status be made official by the Education Ministry.

Teachers’ protest in various cities
Teachers’ protest in various cities

In Sirjan, Kerman Province, teachers gathered outside the education ministry’s office to protest their job status being in limbo, as well as demands on summer courses.

These economic concerns are being recognized by the state-run Iranian media as the biggest threat to the continuation of the regime, with the Vatan-e Emrooz warning that public outrage is only growing.

Meanwhile, the Aftab-e Yazd quoted a sociologist as saying that the people face more economic problems because of the coronavirus pandemic and that ignoring the people’s concerns will have “irreparable consequences”. The Hamdeli daily also spoke to a sociologist who said that it was too late to give people hope in the regime.

The Country’s Economic Collapse Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

Regarding the dire economic situation of Iran under the rule of the mullahs, a useful article was published on the Iran Focus website. You can read excerpt of this article as follows.

Iran’s “Economic Collapse” Has Not Yet Happened!

The Governor of Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati wrote on his online page that: “He has not allowed the perpetrators of the sanctions to achieve their main goal in the last two years, which was the collapse of the country’s economy.” (Bazar News website, October 2, 2020)

He acknowledged that these days, after the trigger mechanism is proposed, there are rumors about the complete disconnection of the Iranian financial system from the world. He admitted that regardless of its operational capability and the extent of its practical impact, its psychological impact on the foreign exchange has unfortunately overshadowed the market.

With these words by the head of the CBI, it seems that the Iranian governing body considers economic collapse possible. But so far, they have not allowed this to happen!

Although the Hemmati, did not provide a precise definition of “economic collapse” and its consequences in the country, it is noteworthy that these words are expressed by one of the government’s most important economic officials. We will see the current economic situation in Iran.

Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani has raised the audacity to the highest level.  Speaking about the country’s economic situation, he said: “Statistics from Germany show that their economy has shrunk by a negative 5.2 percent, that our economy is in better shape, and that economic growth without oil will be positive by the end of the year!” (Mashregh daily, October 3)

For instance, at the end of the discussion on Iran’s continuing economic collapse, it is worth looking at the latest research report from the French company “COFACE“. COFACE is one of the most recognized global companies in the field of credit insurance and “forecasting risks”. The report notes the fragility of the Iranian economy and that it is one of the most dangerous countries for trade.

Given the unique situation this year, we created the COVID-19 crisis exposure indicator to identify the most affected populations who are more likely to turn against their governments.” The indicator of social and political fragility, which is relevant for the analysis of the increased risk of social unrest, shows a slight deterioration in its score at the global level and obscures different trajectories from one country to another. While the five most risky countries based on this indicator remain unchanged, further developments are remarkable. Iran has strengthened its position at the top of this indicator.

One economist interviewed by Radio France International warned that the CBI chief’s happiness that there had been no “economic collapse” had come too soon.

“The assessment of the current situation shows that the state of the country’s economy is completely critical and on the verge of collapse.”

Rouhani Blames US for Iran Economic Crisis; Receive Backlash From All Sides

During a recent speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has once again blamed the US for Iran’s economic crisis in an attempt to shirk responsibility, but it predictably backfired, sparking outrage from the Iranian people and even regime officials, who can clearly see that the issues are caused by widespread, systematic corruption among the mullahs.

Ardeshir Motahari MP said: “The address for country’s problems is not the White House but the Pasteur Street (Tehran) and the office of those who have wasted the country’s time by negotiating with the White House.”

Of course, he does rather miss the point. Negotiating with the US would be fine if the Iranian regime was willing to protect the Iranian people and stop warmongering, but it is not. If anything, the US wasted time because the mullahs will never change. Motahari was more concerned about inciting public anger that could see anti-regime protests.

While MP Abbas Abdi, who previously recommended Rouhani for President, said that he should resign because he is not able to do the job of effectively negotiating, although it’s important to remember that negotiations are not the problem; it’s the regime sticking to its side of the deal.

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani

The state-run daily Vatan-e Emrooz wrote: “These days Rouhani tries to close his eyes on his previous promises. His government’s logic was to blame previous officials for sanctions, but now he takes no responsibilities and blames Washington DC for the current situation.”

In fact, most of the criticism from fellow politicians or the state-run media was because they feared stoking anger amongst the people, which could result in the overthrow of the regime, rather than anger over how the regime had actually caused the problems in the first place.

Even those in the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who hate the US and do not support negotiations with them, failed to support Rouhani’s comments. Why? Because they feel that blaming Rouhani will help disguise the fact that Iran’s problems are caused by Khamenei, with Rouhani being little more than a puppet.

This further proves that the regime cannot be trusted. Not one of them. All of them are part and parcel of the system that is holding Iran back and not one of them can be allowed to remain after the next people’s revolution.

And this revolution will happen. The Iranian people know that their problems are caused by the regime, so in five consecutive nationwide uprisings they have chanted slogans like “down with the dictator”, “Reformists, hardliners, the game is over”, “our enemy is here, they are lying to say it’s America!” 

The solution to economic crises depends on a fundamental political change!

The solution to economic crises depends on a fundamental political change!

These days, Iran’s regime is surrounded by breathtaking economic crises and the nationwide Iran uprising tightening the noose around its neck. On one hand, Mullahs are facing economic downturn and catastrophic increase in inflation and the devaluation of the national currency, and on the other hand, they are getting closer to the full implementation of sanctions day by day.

Mullahs hope to escape from the deathly crises by offering Iran’s national resources, especially oil, to others in a golden tray following the offering of Oman Sea and Persian Gulf fish to China, the Caspian sea to Russia, leasing the Chabahar port to the Indians, and  preserving the  oil clients  by lowering the oil price. But the truth is that no wise man will bet on a dead horse; as a result, we are witnessing the foreign companies leaving Iran on daily basis.

The question is; are the sanctions the reason for economic pressure on the people of Iran? Or is it something else?

Will Iranians’ economic situation improve if sanctions are lifted today?

A glance at some news will help us in answering these questions:

In December 2013, Javad Mansouri, the first IRGC commander, said:

economicThe situation in our country will not improve and our (economic) problems will not be solved, because the main reason for our problems is internal. Even if it rains gold, but we do not enjoy meritocracy and the rule of law, nothing will be solved

 

 

 

economicIn this regard, Khamenei admitted that the country’s economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just because of the US pressure.”

(Daily News, August 13, 2018)

 

 

 

We invite you to have a look at the Reuters investigation regarding Khamenei’s 95 billion dollars empire: Khamenei controls massive financial empire built on property seizures

What is this $95 billion spent for?

At the time when the Iranian people are in the worst economic situation, and many of them are forced to sell their body organs like kidney, liver, cornea, bone marrow, and even their young children at very low prices, to see their ends meet.

What happened to the $1.8 billion in cash that was handed over to Iran by airplanes? How much of it was spent to improve the livelihoods lives of the Iranians?

It would be better to ask how many million dollars were spent to solve Iran’s crises and economic problems, and, how many million dollars of the unfrozen money were spent for the Syrian bloodthirsty dictator, Shiite militias in Iraq, Hezbollah terrorists in Syria and Lebanon, Houthi rebels in Yemen, and other fundamentalist entities in the region?

Never forget, years ago, it was the Iranian opposition who exposed that these terrorist fundamentalists are supported by the Mullahs. On the other hand, on January 21, 2016, on the sideline of the World Economic Forum, the former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, pointed out that the Mullahs are sponsoring these terrorists groups: “There is little the United States or others could do to prevent the now-unfrozen assets from getting into the hands of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps or “other entities” that Iran has supported…”

Kerry told CNBC television in an interview: “I think that some of it (now-unfrozen assets) will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”

In this regard, Hassan Nasrallah admit that all the Hezbollah’s financial support comes from Iran!

Thus, these are the terrorist entities supported by the Mullahs who should be concerned about Iran regime’s bloody dollars more than the Iranian people, because the Iranian people are well aware that the main cause of the economic pressure that breaks their back, are not the sanction.

So, what is breaking their back?

The main cause is the corrupt regime and the Mafia of the IRGC, who have dominated all natural resources, mines, financial and economic institutions, and even control the personal relations and information of the people, while they have to answer to nobody; their sole aim is to survive by increasing repression inside the country and creating and exporting crises wherever it is possible abroad, whether with the nuclear weapon or without it.

economicMeanwhile, mullahs have never neglected to target their sworn enemy; which was neither the US, nor Israel, nor Saudi Arabia, but the NCRI and the MEK wherever it has been.

 

 

 

 

While the regime tries with all-round effort to attract and hold European companies, it cannot refrain from plotting  and  conducting the conspiracy of a terrorist explosion to massacre exiled dissidents at the gathering of the Iranian opposition; even if it results in an international scandal and the arrest of its official diplomat.

Years ago, Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

At a time when the mullahs’ regime faces deadlock on all the facets, and has no ability to find and present solutions for the economic and social problems of the Iranian people, this proves that in fact the solution to the economic and social crises is only a fundamental political change.

A reality and a cause that has been followed continuously by the Iranian opposition led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for nearly 40 years; and we can say now, the clerical regime’s overthrow is certain and within reach more than ever.

Now is the time to put an end to the corrupt and criminal regime of the clerics and demand its replacement with a democratic, free and transparent Iran, based on Mrs. Maryam Rajavi‘s platform for future Iran.

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Khamenei’s Impasse, People’s Uprising, dire Economic condition and hopeless Nuclear Deal

Khamenei’s Impasse, People’s Uprising, dire Economic condition and hopeless Nuclear Deal

On Monday August 13, Ali Khamenei, supreme leader, showed for the first time following the recent wave of turmoil to talk about regime’s most significant disasters, including the protests, a deadly economic crisis driven by Rial’s free fall, failure of the 2015 nuclear deal and likely talks with the United States.

Khamenei’s stance on popular protests

Considering the recent unrests as the extension of January uprising, Khamenei once again attributed people’s uprisings to the United States, Israel and Saudis.

Khamenei admits: the nuclear deal was wrong

While rebuffing any future negotiations with the United States, Khamenei openly stated for the first time that getting involved in the nuclear deal talks was wrong.

Khamenei confesses regime’s panic stating, “There are a bunch of cowards among us”

Pointing to the likelihood of a war and talks with the United States, Khamenei said “there’ll be no war and we will not negotiate, either.”

“They’re inflating the ghost of war to scare the nation or cowards. After all, there are a bunch of cowards among us.”

Accepting the country’s fatal economic disaster

While Khamenei-affiliated entities have raised an enormous wealth through gaining total control of the country’s national resources and are themselves the main cause of corruption and ruin of Iran’s economy, he absurdly tried to blame regime’s governments and officials for economic problems while claiming that he’s the one who’s fighting corruption.

Regime’s deceitful assertion to fight against corruption

Khamenei’s remarks on fight against corruption are in line with the same show which started with the arrest of some small-time currency dealers at the time of currency crisis driven by a sharp drop in the price of Rial compare to US dollar.

Is it because of enemies’ plots or officials’ wrong policies?

The cause why Khamenei does not point to sanctions and foreign pressures in his recent speech – contrary to his previous ones — is first because Rouhani’s recent performance is so awful that Khamenei would have ridiculed himself if he tried to deny it.

Secondly, if Khamenei had said that the sanctions were the main cause of the current crisis, then Rouhani’s circle would immediately suggest starting negotiations with the United States to resolve problems.

The third reason, is that if Khamenei had highlighted the sanctions as the main cause of the economic crisis, then it will totally demoralize regime’s forces.

Meanwhile, Khamenei worries that any change in present condition could speed up a social eruption.

Khamenei’s comments disclose regime’s stalemate

After a longtime silence, the speech carried by the supreme leader on August 13 revealed that he’s entirely unable of coming up with a way out of the fatal impasse that has overwhelmed his regime.

Iran protests quickly transformed from economic woes to calls for the overthrow of the Iran’s regime

Iran protests quickly transformed from economic woes to calls for the overthrow of the Iran’s regime

Iran, August 5, 2018 – One of the most notable characteristics of the demonstrations that shook different Iranian cities in the past week was the protesters’ slogans, which quickly transformed from economic woes to calls for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and the ouster of Ali Khamenei, its supreme leader.

Protests are taking place against the backdrop of escalating economic problems, unemployment, rising prices and the dwindling value of the rial, Iran’s national currency. Since April, the rial has lost half of its value. However, in many cities, protesters are chanting “Death to dictator” and “Death to Khamenei,” a clear and irrefutable call for regime change. This indicates that the people of Iran know well what is the source of their miseries and the daily degradation of their livelihoods.

Among the slogans are chants of “the people are begging while the leader is ruling like god.” While Iran’s economy has been in a freefall, the regime’s authorities and the IRGC continue to embezzle and steal from the country’s wealth to build their own personal economic empires. The National Council of Resistance of Iran has disclosed many of the details of the Iranian regime’s government-induced corruption and how its officials are directly stealing the people’s wealth.

There have also been direct clashes between protesters and security forces dispatch to quell the demonstrations and disperse the crowds. The people are becoming bolder in confronting the regime’s repressive forces. Accordingly, it’s clear that the regime’s riot police and bassij militia are becoming more and more reluctant to directly engage conflicts with protesters. Videos obtained in recent days show the police shooting at demonstrators from afar.

As protests continue in Iran, the regime is preparing to face the new round of U.S. sanctions coming into effect on Monday. While the regime has tried to blame the U.S. and other foreign powers for Iran’s economic grievances, the people of Iran hold no illusion as to who is to blame. In the latest protests, demonstrators were chanting, “Sorry Seyyed Ali [Khamenei], it’s time for you to go.”

Continuous protests against crucial economic conditions in Iran

Iran opposition reports on third week of protests by National Steel Group employees in Ahvaz. Iran Protests

Iran: Sixteenth Day of Strike by Alloyed Steel Workers

AHVAZ, Southwest-Iran, June 13, 2018, the workers of the National Group of Ahvaz alloyed steel, started their sixteenth day of strike, in front of the city’s Governorate.

They were protesting the arrest of their colleagues by the regime’s repressive security forces, and chanted: The detained workers must be freed, the thieves are on the loose but the workers are tightened on the noose, neither threads nor jails are of any use anymore.

The Iranian Resistance salutes the striking workers and condemns these arbitrary arrests, and calls on the general public, especially the brave young people and the hard workers of Khuzestan, to stand in solidarity with the strikers, and calls on the international human rights and labor rights bodies to condemn the suppressive and anti-labor policies of the clerical regime and to take action to immediately and unconditionally release the detainees.

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Courageous Woman Chants ‘Death to Khamenei’ in Iran

KARAJ, Iran, June 13, 2018 – This morning, a brave woman in the Iranian city of Karaj, west of the capital Tehran, loudly chanted slogans against the regime’s supreme leader and repeatedly shouted “Death to Khamenei.”

Her defiant chants in Mehran Square quickly caught people’s attention.

Images of her act of open defiance of the mullahs’ regime quickly appeared on the internet. People are seen ringing around her as she chants.

In another video clip, the brave woman is seen protesting against the execution of political prisoners, in particular the planned execution of Hossein Panahi, and the killing of youths by the religious dictatorship.

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National Steel Group employees on the 16th day of their strike, rallying outside the governor’s office. They’re chanting: “Detained workers must be released.”

Tehran, Engineers holding a gathering & state police attempting to disperse the protesters.

Tehran, Iran Physicians, dentists & college students protesting outside the regime’s so-called parliament. IranProtests

Dire economic conditions take the people into the streets of Iran

As ‘s economic crises increase, reports indicate the prices of vehicles are skyrocketing with each passing day. Some are saying auto prices are “exploding.

Iran: Prices of U.S. dollar, gold cones & cars on the rise

Several weeks before the first round of U.S. sanctions kick in, reports from inside Iran indicate the prices of the U.S. dollar, gold “Bahar Azadi” coins and cars are on the rise significantly.

On Monday in Tehran’s currency market the U.S. dollar price witnessed another surge, reaching 69,000 rials.

The price of Iran’s “Bahar Azadi” gold coins has recently surpassed the 25 million rial mark ($5,950), showing a 4 million rial (19 percent) increase in comparison to the week before.

Car prices have also increased in the past ten days. Reports indicate these hikes range from 20 million to a whopping 400 million rials ($475 – $9,525).

The state-run Asre Iran website said these price hikes are in response to a number of foreign car companies, including Peugeot, Citroen and Hyundai exited Iran’s market.

Peugeot 2008, the first vehicle manufactured in a joint effort between this company and the Iranian regime under a recent agreement, witnessed a price increase of 250 million rials ($5,950). The limited production of these vehicles are the reasons behind this price hike, the Asre Iran website claimed.

Some economic analyst also believe the increase in the exchange rate and the prices of some goods should be associated to rising inflation in Iran, which is due to the regime’s inefficiency and irregularities in its budget.

Many Iranians are now investing in gold following the failure of several financial institutions to deliver the interest they promised their customers.

As ‘s economic crises increase, reports indicate the prices of vehicles are skyrocketing with each passing day. Some are saying auto prices are “exploding.

IRAN: Hundreds of Steel Workers in Ahvaz Chant “Detained Workers Must Be Freed”

After at least 36 steel workers were arrested last night (Monday, June 11) in Ahvaz, south-west Iran, on Tuesday hundreds of workers protested outside the Governor’s Office chanting “Detained workers must be freed.”

Despite the mass arrests of Monday night and the heavy presence of the regime’s suppressive security forces, the workers rallied on the street outside the governorate of Khuzestan Province.

According to reports received today, the regime’s suppressive security agents attacked today’s protest and arrested at least 10 more workers.

Also, on Monday steel workers of Ahvaz demonstrated in the city center with chants against the mullahs’ regime.

Why Foreign Investors Avoid Iran’s Market?

While Iran’s economy desperately needs macro investments, the official figures show that even the 2015 nuclear deal, aka JCPOA, has failed to pump necessary capital into the country’s economic arteries.

Meanwhile, the consequences of the US withdrawal from the deal will make it even more difficult for the Iranian regime to absorb foreign investors.

the United States has threatened to punish companies and banks that keep trading or cooperating with the Iranian regime, a punishment that would involve heavy financial fines and cutting access to the United States’ financial system as well.

Under such circumstances, it’s not conceivable that European banks are willing to take the risk of doing financial transactions with the Iranian regime.

So, it’s quite predictable that it would be more difficult than ever for the Iranian regime to absorb foreign capital with the sanctions re-imposed and regime’s banks once again disconnected from the international financial network.