Iran: US Not Following Through on Sanctions Relief

Khamenei: US Only Removed Sanctions 'On Paper'

Its assets unfrozen and an international nuclear deal in place, Iran is open for business, and courting some huge deals with global companies in an effort to rebuild its economy after decades of sanctions. It’s not going very smoothly.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei complained that the US is not following through with promised sanctions relief, saying many of the sanctions were only removed “on paper,” and that the US banking sanctions are still creating huge obstacles.

US banks are still largely forbidden from doing business with Iran, which wouldn’t in and of itself be a big deal since Iran’s deals are mostly with European and Asian companies anyhow, but international banks not based in the US are still fearing US punishment for processing the deals.

That’s largely because the US hasn’t offered any sort of public position statement on doing business with Iran since the removal of the sanctions, and many banks believe that they’ll end up a target for facilitating multi-billion dollar deals.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.