Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, warned Tuesday that not joining the Financial Action Task Force, the international coalition that combats money laundering and terrorist financing, would "harm the national interests of the country."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said "if someday, the United States decides to block Iran's oil [exports], no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf."
Tourists are shying away from Iran, while locals are not spending their money either, both of which have had a negative effect on the country's economy.
The international soccer tournament has become a commercial dream for sportswear companies — a platform for some of the world’s biggest brands to duke it out for the estimated 1 billion fans watching the once-every-four-year championship.
Nike said its decision follows the Trump administration's plan to reimpose sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation.