Iranian president announces start to subsidy cuts
Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's president on Saturday announced the start of a plan to slash energy and food subsidies to boost the country's ailing economy.

In an interview with state television, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the deep cuts to the subsidies "will start beginning Sunday," and vowed to fully cut all subsidies by the end of his term in

The cuts come as Iran remains deadlocked with the U.S. and its allies over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council slapped a fourth round of sanctions on Iran last summer over its refusal to halt enrichment, and there are signs those penalties are taking a toll on the nation's economy.

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