Cryptocurrency mining is now an official industrial activity in Iran after winning approval from the country’s cabinet.

In a session on Sunday, chaired by the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, cabinet ministers endorsed the activity and said industry participants would need to seek the required licenses from the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, the Mehr News Agency reports.

As CoinDesk reported last week, crypto mining had already being given approval by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, a government economic commission.

On Sunday, the cabinet also said cryptocurrency users must accept the risks of the technology and that neither the government nor the banks would provide any guarantee.

Cryptocurrencies are still not allowed in domestic transactions, according to Mehr. Mined cryptos will be taxable under the country’s rules, unless the cryptocurrencies are exported and the revenues brought back to Iran.

The deputy minister energy for electricity and energy Homayun Haeri said recently that the government will also vote on a measure to approve an electricity rate for mining farms. Mehr’s report indicates that decision hasn’t yet been made.

Iranian rials and bitcoin image via Shutterstock

Read more about...

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.