Iran blasts ‘enemies’ as currency plunges
"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has rejected criticism of his policies and insisted his country could ride out the sanctions, imposed because of the nuclear programme, after the rial lost about a third of its value in a week. "Enemies have managed to reduce our oil sales but hopefully we will compensate for this," Ahmadinejad told a news conference in Tehran on Tuesday. He suggested domestic criticism of him was part of a "psychological war" against the Islamic Republic. "According to a report from one of the security services, 22 individuals are ringleaders of the recent turmoil in the currency market, and since these individuals are known, security institutions must act," Ahmadinejad said. "Everyone is aware that foreign trade and commerce don't have a very high share in the Iraninan economy. But the figures are being used in the psychological war for a greater effect on the markets. The number of US dollars being exchanged in our country is not that big. But some people are mixing the internal situation and external trade." "
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