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Iran tensions

Alternative realities and uncertain times in Iran

A Nikkei reporter describes her life in the country during a period of unrest

A police motorcycle burns during a protest in Tehran on Sept. 19, left, while people relax on a street near the ocean on the Iranian island of Kish on Oct. 17. (Source photos by Reuters and Tala Taslimi) 

KISH ISLAND, Iran -- In mid-September, I was invited to a meeting on the resort island of Kish. With big domestic players in banking, investment and insurance attending, the gathering is known as Iran's Davos. I was keen to attend because my country has been heavily sanctioned since former U.S. President Donald Trump tore up the nuclear deal in 2018 and started a "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran's economy.

I could have not predicted the dramatic way my country has changed in the month since, providing yet another reason for the West to impose economic penalties.

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