Daily Memo: Punishment in Iran, Pressure in North Korea

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GPF Staff |August 27, 2018

Heads continue to roll over Iran’s economic woes. On Sunday, the parliament voted to impeach the minister of economic affairs and finance. This comes a month after President Hasan Rouhani was forced to replace the governor of the central bank, and weeks after the minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare lost a vote of confidence. Rouhani himself will be grilled by parliament on Tuesday over issues such as the government’s plan to control the depreciation of the rial, U.S. sanctions and so on. As the crisis drags on, the relative silence of the country’s hard-liners is becoming more difficult to ignore. We’d expect them to blame the country’s economic problems on the United States, rallying the country around the flag to divert the public’s collective anger from moderates such as Rouhani. So far they haven’t. But Iran’s economic problems promise only to get worse. Data from Platts showed that exports of Iranian crude and condensate dropped to 1.68 million barre

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