Iran's general population is feeling the brunt of international sanctions as inflation and unemployment continue to rise and lifesaving medicines are in short supply, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a report to the U.N. General Assembly released Friday.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Tehran in recent days as the Iranian currency has plummeted, sharply driving up prices. Iran's rial has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar in the past week alone.
The U.N. Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions aimed at curtailing Iran's nuclear program, which Iran maintains is peaceful. The U.S. and European Union have also hit the Islamic Republic with sanctions.
Source and full story: ABC News/AP, 6 Oct 2012