facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S. says Iran to blame for currency woes

Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. government takes issues with decisions made in Tehran, not with the Iranian people who suffer as a result, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said.

Riot police fired tear gas at economic protesters in the historic Grand Bazaar in Tehran this week. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed Western sanctions for his country's economic woes as the rial collapsed this week.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington was watching the situation in Tehran very carefully. The Iranian government, she said, bears responsibility for decisions impacting the lives of ordinary Iranians.

"The Iranian state has horribly mismanaged all aspects of their internal situation but certainly the economy and certainly their reaction to the run on the rial," she said.

Western sanctions targeting Iran's energy sector were in response to transparency issues surrounding a nuclear program Tehran says is for peaceful purposes. Ahmadinejad expressed some degree of willingness to move closer to Washington after U.S. presidential elections next month.

"If they change course, then we're prepared to match steps with steps," said Nuland. "But this pressure is real because our concern is very real and we're not going to allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
2
Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found
3
One shot in Albemarle High School shooting, shooter in custody One shot in Albemarle High School shooting, shooter in custody
4
Louisville school shooting prompts lockdown, student injured Louisville school shooting prompts lockdown, student injured
5
Searchers find pipe bombs at Eric Frein campsite [UPDATE] Searchers find pipe bombs at Eric Frein campsite [UPDATE]
Trending News
x
Feedback