Amir-Hossein Saeedi Naeeni, a member of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Guild Organisation’s blockchain commission, told PressTV that government regulations have forced some miners to leave the country.
“The laws announced by government institutions for crypto mining are very strict in comparison to other industries in the country, causing many miners to stop operating or migrate to the regional countries for investment,” he said.
He added: “The digital mining industry, beside bringing currency into the country, can facilitate trade where traders can use cryptocurrencies to import goods and bypass payment problems resulting from the banking sanctions.”
Cryptocurrency trading remains illegal in Iran.
An Awesome step by Iran’s Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade. It issued over 1,000 #cryptocurrency #mining licenses…
No doubt #Banking sanctions from the #USA & other western countries have hit Iran’s economy hard… This is indeed great.
— heena gupta (@heenagupta003) January 27, 2020
Last week, Coin Rivet reported that Chinese miners are fleeing Iran amid tensions between Washington and Tehran over the US assassination of a top Iranian official and an Iranian attack on an American military base.
But when the US-Iran crisis hit and electricity prices spiked, many Chinese miners sold their mining rigs to locals.
“Chinese people in Iran are heartbroken,” said Lao Hu, a Chinese miner who operates in the country.
Iran recently offered a bounty to anyone who exposes the illegal mining of cryptocurrency.
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