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Iran: more precise regulation on cryptocurrencies coming

After the government in Iran decided a few days ago that imports can be paid for in cryptocurrencies, the importers’ association is pushing for a more precise and stringent cryptocurrency regulatory framework.

These new rules are expected to arrive in late September 2022, according to an Iranian government official.

Iran’s cryptocurrency regulation is expected to be quite friendly toward the sector, and the official Alireza Peymanpak, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade, in fact, explained that the use of smart contracts and cryptocurrencies will become widely used in commerce.

Peymanpak stated:

“The use of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts will be widespread in foreign trade with target countries.”

To do this, therefore, requires clear and, above all, stable regulation on cryptocurrencies that does not change every month.

The main question is whether the Iranian government has fixed rules for the use of cryptocurrencies that will not change for several months, and in the meantime, businesses active in this digital field will not be harmed.

Iran has decided to regulate crypto imports to circumvent the sanctions imposed by the United States

Cryptocurrencies in Iran

As mentioned, just a few days ago in Iran the first import paid for in cryptocurrency – it was not specified which cryptocurrency was used – worth $10 million was made official. 

This marked the first step in circumventing sanctions imposed on the country by the U.S.

Back in 2019, Iran had already made mining legal and strictly regulated it. Currently, there appear to be as many as 118 Bitcoin mining companies in the country.

Then, in January 2020, Iran granted more than 1,000 licenses to do mining, with iMiner being the largest company to operate a mining farm in the country in May 2020.

Kraken and the problems in Iran

Meanwhile, in late July, the popular exchange Kraken was under investigation for a violation of sanctions imposed in Iran.

Specifically, Kraken was reportedly under investigation for allowing the transfer of digital currencies into Iran, despite sanctions imposed by the U.S. government preventing it.

Amelia Tomasicchio
Amelia Tomasicchiohttps://cryptonomist.ch
As expert in digital marketing, Amelia began working in the fintech sector in 2014 after writing her thesis on Bitcoin technology. Previously author for several international crypto-related magazines and CMO at Eidoo. She is now the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Cryptonomist, and also PR manager for the Italian market at Bitget. She is also a marketing teacher at Digital Coach in Milan and she published a book about NFTs for the Italian publishing house Mondadori, while she is also helping artists and company to entering in the sector. As advisor, Amelia is also involved in metaverse-related project such as The Nemesis and OVER.