Fear over the economy has brought many to the bazaar in recent days to buy what they can before their savings further dwindle away.
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Just one shop among the thousands in Tehran's sprawling Grand Bazaar can offer a tableau of the darkening mood descending across Iran as American sanctions again take hold.While only a small moment in a nation of 80 million people, it shows the dangers ahead for the government of the relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani. For centuries, Iran's bazaar has been the beating heart of both its economic and political life.Strikes in Iran's bazaar also have served as political bellwethers.Bazaar families opposed the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and supported the 1979 Islamic Revolution that saw him replaced by the Shiite theocracy and elected officials. The Trump administration denies it is seeking to overthrow Iran's government through the economic pressure, though Iranian officials say the link between the two is clear.That's spearheaded by President Donald Trump's decision to pull America out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.The mother of Ismaili, the young woman shopping ahead of her wedding, then came up and asked to talk as well. She spoke carefully about how Iran has faced sanctions and international pressure in the nearly 40 years since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, calling the recent pressure nothing new.
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