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For Iranians, the economic crisis raises greater than US tensions

The talk of Iran's capital seems to always come back to how it can get worse.Deteriorated by US sanctions and its deprived rial currency, Iran's 80 million people are battling to buy meat, medicine, and other staples in their daily lives. Now they are wondering about the US intentions when it is rushing an airplane and other forces to the region over a still inexplicable threat it sees from Iran.The Associated Press recently spoke to a lot of people on the streets of Tehran, ranging from young and old women wearing the all-embracing black chad to those who loosely cover their hair.Most say they believe a war does not come to the region, although they are still willing to defend their country. They believe that Iran should try to talk to the United States to help its anemic economy, even if they see President Donald Trump as an uneven and unreliable opponent."Trump is not predictable at all and you do not know how to react to him and what is the right thing to do with him," says Afra Hamedzadeh, a 20-year-old official and university student. "Since he controls the global economy, we are somehow left with few options. "But opinions vary across Iran's capital Tehran depending on whether you speak to someone coming out of Friday prayers, behind a common taxi driver, or exclusively coffee shops that are popular with young people." If America could do anything, it would have done many things now, "said Chador-wearing Zoherh Sadeghi, a…

The talk of Iran’s capital seems to always come back to how it can get worse.

Deteriorated by US sanctions and its deprived rial currency, Iran’s 80 million people are battling to buy meat, medicine, and other staples in their daily lives. Now they are wondering about the US intentions when it is rushing an airplane and other forces to the region over a still inexplicable threat it sees from Iran.

The Associated Press recently spoke to a lot of people on the streets of Tehran, ranging from young and old women wearing the all-embracing black chad to those who loosely cover their hair.

Most say they believe a war does not come to the region, although they are still willing to defend their country. They believe that Iran should try to talk to the United States to help its anemic economy, even if they see President Donald Trump as an uneven and unreliable opponent.

“Trump is not predictable at all and you do not know how to react to him and what is the right thing to do with him,” says Afra Hamedzadeh, a 20-year-old official and university student. “Since he controls the global economy, we are somehow left with few options. “

But opinions vary across Iran’s capital Tehran depending on whether you speak to someone coming out of Friday prayers, behind a common taxi driver, or exclusively coffee shops that are popular with young people.

” If America could do anything, it would have done many things now, “said Chador-wearing Zoherh Sadeghi, a 51

It’s an opinion shared by 35-year-old office workers Massumeh Izadpanah.

” When someone continues to scare you, it means you think they’re not ready for war. When someone really wants war, it starts the war right away. As when Iraq attacked us, all of the sudden bombs were dropped, she said. “But right now America just says” I’m going to “scare Iran.”

A young nation, many over Iran, lived for their bloody 1980s war against Iraq, a conflict that began when the dictator Saddam Hussein invaded and dragged for eight years. The war in which Saddam used chemical weapons and Iran launched human wave attacks killed 1 million people.

Since Trump drew the United States from Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers last year, state television has increasingly focused on that wounded war.

In Tehran’s southern Javadie neighborhood, veteran Mohammad Ali Moghaddam said he was ready to fight again.

“I would encourage my three sons and grandson to go to defend Iran too,” said Moghaddam, a 58-year-old welder.

Arezou Mirzaei, a 37-year-old mother of two in central Tehran, is more worried.

“I think the government should do something to avoid war,” Mirzaei said. “If war was good, Afghanistan and Iraq would not be the mess we see on TV.”

Taxi driver Jafar Hadavand, 34, agrees.

“I think both sides will be losers if they strike each other, Said Hadavand.” I think there are wise people on both sides to advocate peace, not war. “

Still, many pointed to the economy , not the possible outbreak of war, as Iran’s biggest concern. Iran’s rial currency is trading at 32,000 to $ 1 at the time of the 2015 nuclear deal. Now it is 148,000, and many have seen their life savings wiped out.

Nationally, unemployment For young people, it is even worse, with a quarter of all young people unemployed, according to Iran’s statistical center.

“The economic situation is very poor, very poor. Unemployment is very high and those who had jobs have lost their lives, “said Sadeghi, the housewife.” Young people cannot find good jobs, or get married or become independent. “

Sores Maleki, a 62-year-old retiree, said that talks with the United States to unload sanctions would help to kick-start Iran’s economy. [19659002] “We should go talk to America with courage and strength. We can do that, others have done it, “said Maleki.” We can make concessions and win concessions. We have no other choice. “

But such negotiations will be difficult,” said Reza Forghani, a 51-year-old official, saying that Iran needed to get the United States to “write a very firm contract they cannot escape and must honor. “Otherwise, Iran should let go of the nuclear power contract.

” When someone refuses to keep promises and commitments, you can tolerate it a couple of times, but surely you can’t remain committed forever. You will respond, “Forghani said.” So I don’t think we should remain committed to the deal until the end. “

But for Iran’s youth, many of whom celebrated the signing of the 2015 core quarter in the streets, the situation now feels more akin to Many people discuss their opportunities to get a visa – visa – to come abroad. “” Young people have a lot of stress and the future is unknown, “said Hamedzadeh, the 20-year-old official.” The future is so unknown that you do not can plan. The only thing they can do is somehow leave Iran and build a life abroad. “

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