Iran’s currency falls to record low

The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s currency has fallen 16 percent in a single day to hit a record low against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies in street trading.

Street traders said Monday it reached 34,500 rials to the dollar. On Sunday, it was 29,500 rials.

The collapse of the currency is a sign of the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.

The West suspects Iran is aiming to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

The fall came despite the country’s inauguration last week of a new hard currency trading center to undercut the black market.