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In this picture taken on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, an Iranian shopkeeper, left, explains about TV sets for his customers, in an electronics market in Tehran, Iran. While Iran's mainstay oil exports remains the centerpiece of Western sanctions _ intended to wring concessions on Iran’s nuclear program and ease Israeli threats of a military strike _ the Islamic Republic hangs on as OPEC's third-largest exporter as it feeds the hungry energy markets in China, India and across Asia. But less noted _ but potentially more unsettling to Iran's leaders in the coming months _ is the increasing pinch on the workaday economy: The commerce, transactions and trading that provide the paychecks and economic lifelines for millions of people. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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