Iran's Revolutionary Guards warns of domestic unrest
Falling living standards caused by tightening of international sanctions could lead to domestic unrest, warns head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Ahram Online, Wednesday 16 Jan 2013
Iran's Revolutionary Guards (Photo: Reuters)
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has warned of possible domestic unrest in the coming days due to falling living standards.
"This is due to declining living standards brought on by international sanctions," Al-Arabiya quoted Nasser El-Shaabany as saying on Wednesday.
The Revolutionary Guards is currently studying the possibility of political unrest caused by the sanctions, El-Shaabany added.
Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz warned in statement last September that sanctions were pushing the Islamic Republic's economy to "the verge of collapse," reported Britain's The Guardian newspaper.
At a meeting last October, EU foreign ministers agreed to impose further sanctions against Iran's banking, shipping and industrial sectors.
By the end of 2012, the UN, US and EU had imposed an arms and oil embargo on Iran leading its oil exports to fall by around half.
In a statement in October 2012, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman voiced concern over domestic unrest in Iran, saying that "the Arab Spring will be followed by a Persian Spring" due to the harshening of international sanctions, reported Britain's The Telegraph.