Iran news in brief, August 22, 2019
After huge devaluation Iran regime to slash four zeros from currency
The Iranian Regime’s President Hassan Rouhani has submitted a bill to Parliament proposing the elimination of four zeros from the Iranian national currency rial.
Based on the bill, Iran’s national currency will be changed from rials to toman, and each toman would be equal to 10,000 rials.
The rial’s weakness disrupted Iran’s foreign trade last year and helped to boost annual inflation fourfold to nearly 40% last November.
On Wednesday, the rial traded at nearly 117,000 to $1. At the time of the endorsement of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the rial traded 32,000 against the dollar.
Before the 1979 revolution the dollar was around 70 rials.
Iran regime threatens international waterways if its oil exports are cut to zero
The Iranian Regime’s President threatened on Wednesday that if Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero, international waterways will not have the same security as before.
The comment by Hassan Rouhani coincided with a remark by the Iranian Regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that Tehran might act “unpredictably” in response to “unpredictable” U.S. policies.
“World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran’s oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can’t have the same security as before,” Rouhani said while meeting the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
US blames Iran regime after drone is downed in Yemen
The US blamed the Iranian regime on Tuesday for the shooting down of a US MQ-9 drone over Yemen by a surface-to-air missile, an apparent escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.
The US believes the missile was provided to Houthi rebels by Iran’s regime, a US official said.
National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement: “We are aware of reports of an attack by Iranian-backed Houthi forces on a US drone. The President has been briefed and we continue to investigate the matter”.
“This attack is only possible because of Iran’s lethal aid to the Houthis and serves as yet another example of the regime’s relentless efforts to escalate conflict and threaten regional stability,” he added.
Iranians in Finland and Sweden protest against presence of regime’s Foreign Minister
On Tuesday, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in Finland held a protest rally against the presence of the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Javad Zarif who is now begging Europe for a relief from U.S. economic pressure.
The protestors had placards and signs that read, “Expel diplomat-terrorists form Finland”, “Get lost Zarif” and “We condemn any negotiations with the terrorist regime of Iran.”
They also held pictures of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian resistance.
The participants chanted slogans such as, “Zarif get lost” “Iranians chant: down with Khamenei, down with Rouhani” referring to the regime’s supreme leader and president, “Down with absolute rule of clergy”.
The previous day, freedom-loving Iranians held similar protests in Sweden, also in protest to Zarif’s trip to Scandinavia.
They expressed their support for the Iranian Resistance and for the ongoing protests throughout Iran.