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Iranian Officials Plead With The People To Save The Day

Iranian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in central Tehran, June 25, 2018
Iranian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in central Tehran, June 25, 2018

It is the duty of all Iranians to help the government overcome economic problems, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Wednesday, according to Fars News.

Various Islamic Republic officials have been expressing similar views in the light of recent economic and currency turmoil in Iran.

A senior U.S. state department official said on Tuesday that Washington had told its allies to halt Iranian oil imports.

"It is all of our duty to work together to help the respected government and other governmental branches in solving the economic problems," General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, who is also a senior advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader, said on Wednesday, according to the news agency.

"We must neutralize the plans of the enemy for an economic war and psychological operations."

On Wednesday, the government spokesman, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht called on diaspora Iranians to "bring their money to Iran" and urged all Iranians to invest their cash and gold into the economy.

He blamed U.S. President Donald Trump for Iran's economic vows, as a result of U.S. decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal and reinstating American sanctions on dealing with Iran.

Iran's economy is mainly dependent on oil exports and has been suffering from unemployment, as well as high inflation, partly due to inefficient management, foreign entaglements and corruption.

Protests broke out in Tehran bazaar and in smaller cities on Monday and Tuesday as merchants complained about the sharp fall in the value of the national currency.

Videos posted on social media showed police firing tear gas to disperse protesters in Tehran. Reuters could not independently verify their authenticity.

The "satanic triangle" of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia were trying to weaken Iran, Rahim-Safavi said, according to Fars News.

With reporting by Reuters