File photo of gas refineries in Assalouyeh

 
File photo of gas refineries in Assalouyeh
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. The Phase 6, Phase 7 and Phase 8 gas refineries are seen in Assalouyeh, 1,000 km (621 miles) south of Tehran, in this January 27, 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. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files