Ebrahim Karimnia, pushes his cart loaded with fuel containers, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) street, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 23,
Ebrahim Karimnia, pushes his cart loaded with fuel containers, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) street, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Iran's president on Tuesday claimed his country can create 10 times more wealth from inventions than from oil, rendering Western economic sanctions powerless. Iran's national currency lost nearly 40 percent of its value in 2012. Each U.S. dollar was traded at about 10,000 rials as recently as early 2011. Iranian authorities have accused the West of waging an "economic war." The country is living under stepped up Western sanctions that also include banking restrictions that make it increasingly difficult for Iran's Asian customers to pay for oil deliveries. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) (Vahid Salemi)