A worker moves a new car at the Iran Khodro automobile manufacturing plant, just outside Tehran.
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Soon, however, Iran's faltering nuclear deal with world powers may be what causes the country's domestic automotive market to stall out.Iran, one of the Mideast's biggest countries and home to 80 million people, has a huge demand for automobiles. In 2017 alone, Iran produced more than 1.5 million cars, up some 14 percent from the year before, according to a report by Iran's Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade earlier this year.Iran's auto industry suffered under U.S. and Western sanctions, which targeted Iran over fears on its nuclear program.That was shown in a visit to Iran-Khodro last week by Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.More than 100,000 people are employed by Iran-Khodro and SAIPA, while another 700,000 Iranians work in industries related to car manufacturing.Even those who pay for an Iranian car can face delays in having them delivered.Those cars are partly assembled in Iran.
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