by WorldTribune Staff, August 2, 2016
The fact that Iran is not experiencing the economic growth expected after the lifting of sanctions is proof of the “pointlessness of negotiating with the Americans,” Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Khamenei again renewed his criticism of the nuclear deal signed with six world powers in a speech in Teheran on Aug. 1, accusing the United States of failing to live up to its side of the bargain.
“The nuclear deal, as an experience, once again proved the pointlessness of negotiating with the Americans, their bad promises and the need not to trust America’s promises,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by the Islamic Republic News Agency.
Khamenei said sanctions were only being removed incrementally and that foreign companies were not yet investing in Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani had promised Iranians that the end of sanctions would bring growth and jobs to their struggling economy.
Thus far, however, major European banks and investors are holding back from doing business with Teheran, in part due to unilateral U.S. sanctions that still remain in place, but also because of the difficulties of dealing with Iran’s complex regulations and a lack of transparency within its banking system.
As citizens’ impatience with the lack of improvement in their living standards grows, Khamenei on Aug. 1 recommended looking inside Iran for development opportunities and ways to improve ordinary people’s lives.