A woman shops at the old main bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, July 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Less than a year ago, Amir was at a soiree at the Brazilian Embassy in Tehran, exchanging business cards with shoe makers eager to sell to a market of 80 million Iranians. The product of the evening's schmoozing still lines the walls of his stores: Brazilian flip-flops and bath slippers. But now the footwear is subject to a government ban on foreign imports as Iran tries to stifle the impact of U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, which had opened the door for new suppliers.The fiery exchanges between Trump and President Hassan Rouhani this week heightened fears among Iranians that things are only about to get worse.Since Trump pulled the U.S. from the accord in May, Iran's currency has hit record lows on the black market and foreign firms including Peugeot parent PSA Group and Total SA have been scaling back operations. Sanctions that were lifted under the nuclear deal are now set to return within days, while Trump warned Rouhani not to threaten the U.S. or suffer the consequences.
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