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Iranians say their 'bones breaking' under US sanctions

Updated : 2019-06-24 14:21:46

As the US piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it's the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer's battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be's empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran's eight crore people can be seen everywhere.

People shop at the old main bazaar in Tehran. As the US piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People shop at the old main bazaar in Tehran. As the US piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People walk at the old main bazaar in Tehran. The most-visible place to see the effect of the economic hardship most face comes from walking by any money-exchange shop. At the time of the nuclear deal, Iran’s currency traded at 32,000 rials to $1. Today, it costs over 130,000 rials for one US dollar. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People walk at the old main bazaar in Tehran. The most-visible place to see the effect of the economic hardship most face comes from walking by any money-exchange shop. At the time of the nuclear deal, Iran’s currency traded at 32,000 rials to $1. Today, it costs over 130,000 rials for one US dollar. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A young worker sits on his hand cart at the old main bazaar in Tehran. Many blame President Donald Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing US sanctions on the country. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A young worker sits on his hand cart at the old main bazaar in Tehran. Many blame President Donald Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing US sanctions on the country. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A carpet seller sits at his shop in the old main bazaar in Tehran. In recent weeks, Iran has threatened to break out of the deal unless European powers mitigate what it calls Trump's
A carpet seller sits at his shop in the old main bazaar in Tehran. In recent weeks, Iran has threatened to break out of the deal unless European powers mitigate what it calls Trump's "economic warfare."(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A young worker pulls his hand cart in the main bazaar in Tehran. Depreciation and inflation makes everything more expensive, from fruits and vegetables to tires and oil all the way to the big-ticket items, like mobile phones. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A young worker pulls his hand cart in the main bazaar in Tehran. Depreciation and inflation makes everything more expensive, from fruits and vegetables to tires and oil all the way to the big-ticket items, like mobile phones. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A young worker takes a break on his cart at the old main bazaar in Tehran. Alongside Trump, many Iranians blame their own government, which has careened from one economic disaster to another since it's Islamic Revolution 40 years ago. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
A young worker takes a break on his cart at the old main bazaar in Tehran. Alongside Trump, many Iranians blame their own government, which has careened from one economic disaster to another since it's Islamic Revolution 40 years ago. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People carry on about their business in the main bazaar in Tehran. Inflation is over 37 percent, according to government statistics. More than 3 million people, or 12 percent of working-age citizens, are unemployed. That rate doubles for educated youth. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People carry on about their business in the main bazaar in Tehran. Inflation is over 37 percent, according to government statistics. More than 3 million people, or 12 percent of working-age citizens, are unemployed. That rate doubles for educated youth. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iranian merchants conduct their business at a carpet market of the old main bazaar in Tehran. A simple cell phone is about two months’ salary for the average government worker, while a single iPhone costs 10-months’ salary. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iranian merchants conduct their business at a carpet market of the old main bazaar in Tehran. A simple cell phone is about two months’ salary for the average government worker, while a single iPhone costs 10-months’ salary. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People shop at the old main bazaar in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People shop at the old main bazaar in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Motorbike taxi divers carry goods at the old main bazaar in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Motorbike taxi divers carry goods at the old main bazaar in Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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