Iran’s central bank soon to be a bitcoin whale?

The Iranian leadership will in future allow international payment transactions with Bitcoin in order to circumvent sanctions. The central bank should also soon have a good amount of BTC on its books.

Money is a weapon and the US is masters of it. Since the United States of America de facto excluded Iran from international payments, the Islamic Republic has been doing worse and worse.

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In November 2018, the payment messaging network SWIFT took Iranian banks offline at the instigation of the USA . Since then, imports and exports have hardly been possible, as they can only be paid for with great difficulty. The move was very successful as an economic sanction against Iran; In the end, political interests can be implemented quite effectively through the financial channels.

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The Bitcoin community sensed a scandal back then. Ultimately, the US sanctioned the Iranian people, who suffer from such sanctions. Bitcoiners meanwhile stand for the neutrality of money. Money should work, do its job, but not satisfy political conduct like that of the United States.

Bitcoin: a neutral, monetary medium

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are exactly that. A neutral, monetary medium that is not subject to any institution except its users. The leadership of crisis-ridden Iran seems to have understood this fact. There is no other explanation for the fact that both the government and the central bank of the Near Eastern state have passed a bill that allows traders to use Bitcoin to import goods.

Because like Iran Daily reports, „The government changed its regulations on cryptocurrencies to allow them to be used to finance imports.“ Specifically, this means that the central bank acts as a kind of middleman who passes on mined BTC to importers. They can then use the coins to reward trading partners outside the country’s borders.

The move is a bang and has generated a corresponding response in the community. Finally, the message implies that the monetary authorities of the Islamic Republic will soon have BTC on their balance sheets.

BTC acceptance and game theory

This is exactly the scenario that game theory suggests. On the global plaything, there are states whose sovereignty is threatened by Bitcoin – such as the USA as the issuer of the world reserve currency – and those that benefit from the acceptance of the cryptocurrency. Especially when it happens before anyone else. The latter include marginalized countries like Iran. From the point of view of the decision-makers, it is therefore all too understandable why such a decision was made.

The relationship between BTC and Iran has so far been characterized by mistrust. After it became known that Bitcoin miners were converting subsidized electricity into satoshis, the authorities shut down several crypto mines. Mining has been legal since July 2019 . However, the regulatory environment is still uncertain. However, the industry could certainly pick up speed with the latest developments. With the central bank, miners have at least one buyer for mined coins who does not lack liquidity.