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December 22, 2014 10:48 am

Economic Hardships Unlikely to Soften Iran’s Nuclear Goals

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Iranian government.

Reuters – A big oil price slide will hurt Iran’s attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities.

Economic misery due to sanctions and mismanagement has been a reality for years, and while social strains in the 76 million population are deep, the clerics will seek to contain them, say experts examining Iran’s budget plans for 2015.

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