0253 GMT December 13, 2019
Farhad Dejpassand said that a long-anticipated meeting in the cabinet to discuss cryptocurrencies would be held in days, Press TV reported.
He said a bill approved in early 2019, in a subsidiary government committee, will be presented to the cabinet session in the hope that it could be ratified and turned into law.
Speaking at a meeting with Iranian members of Parliament, Dejpassand said the approval of the bill would mean that Iran had effectively dismantled a two-year ban on mining and trade of cryptocurrencies.
“The regulation of cryptocurrencies should be carried out in a way that could lead to a maximum of benefit and opportunities,” said Dejpassand.
The comments come nearly two weeks after the Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnasser Hemmati said the government was preparing to authorize the mining of digital currencies amid a reported surge in illegal use of subsidized electricity across the country for mining Bitcoin.
However, Hemmati would not elaborate on whether the government bill on cryptocurrencies would legalize their trade and if the CBI would recognize them as legal tender.
Iran’s High Council on Fighting Money Laundering banned any activity related to cryptocurrencies in late 2017, ordering customs offices across the country to stop and confiscate machines used for mining such currencies.
Both Hemmati and Dejpassand have hinted that a final government decision on cryptocurrency mining would allow such activity only if it is licensed and if miners pay for the massive electricity they use based on prices set for the export of power.