Iranian Official Says US Congress is Working to Block Iran’s Crypto Mining

According to Zarandi, considers a tool for evading sanctions and money laundering, and is therefore trying to legislate against Iran’s access to it, complicating Iran’s legislation.

Commenting that the issue of cryptocurrencies remained unsettled in Iran, Zarandi reportedly said that ministries are with the Central Bank of Iran to settle the subject of cryptocurrencies and their usage within Iran.

In December 2018, the House and the Senate introduced bills targeted at Iran’s illicit financing including , as Cointelegraph reported at the time. As of press time, neither has been passed.

At the end of January, Iran’s Central Bank announced plans for a national cryptocurrency at a conference in Tehran. Though theoretically similar to Venezuela’s Petro, this new currency, the PayMon, does not seem to have picked up traction.

Recent news suggests that Iran’s government is itself ambivalent towards . At the end of June, Iranian authorities reportedly confiscated around 1,000 machines used for Bitcoin . This followed on the heels of announcements from the Ministry of Energy that they were planning to cut off power to suspected operations taking advantage of the country’s subsidized electricity, as Cointelegraph reported.

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