Four ministers from the administration wrote a letter to President Hassan Rouhani warning him that Iran’s economic situation could turn into a “condition of crisis” that would take many years to recover from. The most surprising signature on the letter was that of Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, who is not known to get involved in nonmilitary matters.
The letter, which was published by Mehr News Agency Oct. 4, was dated Sept. 9. It was also signed by Ali Teyebnia, minister of economy and finance; Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, minister of industries and business; and Ali Rabiei, minister of labor. The publication of the letter has led to a wide range of commentary and questions in Iranian media.