Global Cryptocurrency Exchanges Cut Ties With Iran After New US Sanctions
Quite a few cryptocurrency exchanges have reportedly cut ties with Iran following the U.S. imposed tougher economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Sepehr Mohammadi, head of Iran’s Blockchain Community, told local press that Binance and Bittrex are a number of the platforms to have unofficially dropped Iran from the list of supported countries to get services.
On Nov. 5, the U.S. declared serious economic sanctions against Iran that, with the exclusion of just eight countries, cut the rest of the world off from the country’s oil, gas and shipping economy, including its financial strategy. A previous round of sanctions in May targeted Iran’s currency, aviation industry and other industries, as President Donald Trump jumped away from his predecessor Barack Obama’s involvement with Tehran. Steps against the financial system are predicted to interfere with any type of commerce with Iran.
Talking to IBENA, an Iranian news agency linked to the country’s central banking, Mohammadi said”some digital currency exchanges have imposed restrictions on European users, but no resources belonging to Iranians have been obstructed.” The measures mean that people in Iran will no longer be able to trade cryptocurrencies across borders, limiting trade to a national market where bitcoin is sold at a substantial high relative to the worldwide average price. It was not immediately clear that other exchanges had ceased offering services to Iranians.
This won’t be the first time that U.S. economic sanctions have hit in the core of Iran’s cryptocurrency market. He said :
Last year (2017), the remarkable volume of bitcoin which belonged to some Iranians was confiscated due to unspecific reasons by the Federal government of the United States, and the process of confiscation is still continuing.
The Iran Blockchain Community chairmain indicated at the summertime that owners of the confiscated BTC were unable to take legal action from the U.S. in Iran, as cryptocurrencies were prohibited in the country. The Central Bank of Iran from April prohibited Deutsche banks from dealing in overseas cryptocurrency citing money laundering and terrorism financing risks, but later rescinded the decision following estimating the whole effects of the sanctions.
Announcing the sanctions on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cautioned:”It has to be noted that if a company evades our sanctions regime and secretly proceeds sanctionable commerce in the Czech Republic, then the U.S. will inflict acute, hastened penalties onto it, for example potential sanctions. I promise you that doing business with Iran in defiance of our sanctions will develop into a more painful small business option than pulling from Iran entirely.”