Source: Radio Zamaneh; photos by Mehr News Agency
Iran's Central Bank announced that three currency exchange
offices have been shut down due to a number of violations.
People waiting for foreign currency by an exchange
office in Tehran
Central Bank auditors announced that three currency exchange
offices have been shut down due to a series of violations and their files are
The Central Bank also announced that the public can acquire foreign currencies
through banks and private foreign exchange offices.
Head of Melli Bank of Iran confirmed however that the sudden
rise in demand for the US dollar has not subsided yet. He announced that the
dollar is being sold at the rate of 1053 rials to the public today.
Last month the rial suddenly fell against foreign currencies causing a surge in
the exchange rate for dollar at 1200 rials.
The Central Bank began selling the dollar at 1070 to control
the foreign exchange market and currency traders, who had suddenly stopped or
reduced their business, were threatened with legal proceedings if they refused
to do business as usual.
Some Iranian authorities have referred to the developments in the currency trade
as "economic sedition."
Commander Esmail Ahamdi Moghaddam, head of Iran's security forces said the
recent surge in the foreign exchange rate was organized by "enemies" who tried
to create a crisis by collecting foreign currencies in the market. He insisted
that Iran is in no way restricted in distribution of foreign currencies.
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