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Mr. Bahmani also claimed that the current financial sanctions against other Iranian banks have had “no effect” on the country’s cash flow.

“We are stronger than before,” he said of the Iranian economy.

However, Suzanne Maloney, an Iran specialist at the Washington-based Brookings Institution, reported that sanctions have taken a bite out of a nation already beset with a “wide range of economic problems.”

“Sanctions have raised the cost, time and inconvenience of almost all international transactions [for Iran],” she reported in February.