Iran may soon issue its own cryptocurrency as a way to bypass new economic sanctions enacted by U.S. President Donald Trump.
A plan to develop an “indigenous” cryptocurrency is currently on the agenda of the government’s Science and Technology Department, according to Iran’s official news outlet PressTV. Alireza Daliri, the department’s deputy head in charge of investment affairs, said on Wednesday that the project is ongoing in cooperation with the Central Bank of Iran.
The cryptocurrency would back and tokenize Iran’s national fiat currency, the rial, to facilitate domestic and cross-border transactions ahead of the U.S. sanctions, which go into effect next month.
Daliri said his department aims to integrate blockchain technology with the country’s central bank over the next three months, rolling out a cryptocurrency for general implementation across domestic commercial banks.