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Iran Warns 'Abusers' of Economic Situation

Iran Warns 'Abusers' of Economic Situation

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 - 07:15
Iranian President Heading meeting for managing recent market fluctuations (Iranian Presidency)
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned internal parties of “abusing” bad economic conditions in a letter of reassurance to Iranian citizens, days before initiating a European tour that includes Austria and Switzerland in an attempt to influence European companies and obtain guarantees from those countries in light of US sanctions.

At a meeting held on Monday for managing recent market fluctuations, the President indicated that the government provides the required services and foreign currency for basic needs and the consumer must not pay for the profit-seeking of some.

"People mustn't be put under pressure under any circumstances, especially for providing their basic goods and the goods that are produced inside the country,” according to Rouhani.

Rouhani stressed that the basis of increasing the price of goods and services must not go beyond the inflation rate.

Iran’s President warned that the government won't let some abuse the market of people's basic needs, warning that “if there are some who are thinking about effortless profit must prepare for decisive tax measures.”

For his part, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi will discuss world issues including Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) on the sidelines of Oslo Forum, according to Iranian television.

Salehi is supposed to hold meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide where JCPOA will be one the most important topic of discussions, according to Salehi who added, “we will clearly explain Iran’s stance in this regard.”

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl held a round of political talks in Tehran on Monday. The officials discussed the expansion of relations and cooperation in various spheres as well as cooperation in the fight against terrorism and instability.

The two sides exchanged views on bilateral relations, regional and international issues and cooperation in judicial and human rights domains. They also underscored the need to preserve the nuclear deal and abide by the agreement.

In addition, deputy head of Iran’s judiciary's department for social affairs Mohammad Baqer Olfat blamed international sanctions for the spread of administrative corruption in Iran.

Local media reported Olfat’s statement on the sidelines of his meeting with head of Azerbaijan’s Anti-Corruption Department Prosecutor General Kamran Aliyev. The Iranian official claimed international sanctions for the drug smuggling from Afghan territory to Europe and other areas through Iran.

On the other hand, head of Justice and Transparency Watch in Iran Ahmad Tavakkoli announced that a number of officials in the Central Bank and other banks and financial institutions were accused of corruption and negligence.

Meanwhile, “Movement for Justice Seeking Students” sparked controversy in Iran after it sent a letter to Tehran's public prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, informing him of the involvement of former chief of staff Hassan Firouzabadi in a corruption case.

ISNA news agency reported that the Movement intends to reveal the details of the message to the media.

The letter claims Firouzabadi has been living rent-free for the last 25 years in a 107,000-square-foot estate in Lavasan, north Iran. Firouzabadi refused to vacate the premises and return it to the government.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has asked Firouzabadi on two occasions to vacate the premises, but the police forces have not carried out these orders, according to the letter.

Iranian MP Alireza Zakani expressed his regret that the judiciary, authorities and Iranian police forces have ignored implementing the orders of Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Firouzabadi held the role of chief of staff for before serving as an adviser to Khamenei.

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