A handout photo provided by the official website of Iranian Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, on March 20 2018, shows him addressing the nation on the occasion of Noruz, the Persian New Year, in Tehran. "AFP PHOTO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE"
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The Iranian rial fell to a record-low Monday, breaking through the 50,000-to-the-dollar mark for the first time, with analysts blaming uncertainty stemming from Washington.The rial has lost around a quarter of its value in the past six months to reach 50,860 against the U.S. dollar according to the Financial Information Market, a trusted website for fluctuations on the open market. Iran's government took drastic measures last month to stem the decline in the free market rate, arresting foreign exchange dealers, freezing speculators' accounts and raising interest rates, as well as buying up millions of dollars in a bid to lower the price.Many analysts believe Trump will pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran when it next comes up for renewal in May, bringing back crippling sanctions.
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