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In Tehran, Economic Alarm Outweighs Fear of Conflict With Trump

  • History of U.S.-Iran enmity means some Iranians are resigned
  • U.S allies question assessment of increased threat from Iran
Women cross a street near a mural depicting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran.

Women cross a street near a mural depicting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran.

Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

In the Motahari commercial district of central Tehran, Mohammad Mohammadzadeh is more concerned about soaring prices than the threat of war with America.

Folding a pile of documents in his empty printing shop, Mohammadzadeh lists the challenges facing his business, including a 10-fold increase in the cost of ink cartridges, and bemoans the lack of help from Iran’s government. He regards the deteriorating state of relations with the U.S. with wearied resignation.