File photo of a customer buying Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district

 
File photo of a customer buying Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. A customer buys Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district in this October 24, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. IRAN-UNEMPLOYMENT/ REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/Files (