Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said the US is not complying with its commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"The US has done nothing special so far or it should have not done as it should (regarding the nuclear deal), especially in giving light green to big banks. The banks are still cautious in interactions with Iran as if they have not heard a clear message from the US,” he said in interview with Al Jazeera.
"Apparently the US pretends it is abiding by the nuclear deal, but behind the scene, not only it has done nothing, but has tried to bring everything into deadlock,” he said.
He further continued, "However, looking on the bright side, we have witnessed large trade deals for buying airplanes from Boeing and Airbus (after the nuclear deal). The agreements worth $36-40 billion and it seems that exchanging such a huge expense needs activities of international financial institutions.”
These are sign of positivity in the economic aspect of the nuclear deal, Salehi said, adding the issues also show that, "Our view about the future of sanctions and lifting sanctions, especially about what is relevant to inter-continent banks, should be more positive.”
He further said that Iran’s crude exports were less than 1 million barrels per day, but it grew up to 2.5 million barrels per day after the nuclear agreement.
Iran is also exporting 500 thousand barrels of LNG and 500 thousand barrels of petrochemicals daily, meaning that Iran’s exports reach 3.5 million barrels daily overall while the figure could barely go beyond one million barrels daily before the agreement, Salehi said.
He noted that small banks are working with Iran easily after the agreement, thousands of swifts related to the banks are open while they were frozen before the agreement.
"What did not come true after the deal are big banks which finance multi-billion dollar trade projects and large agreements, however small banks financing multi-million dollar plans are working without any problem.”