Iran’s supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith on Wednesday saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei echoed other officials in Tehran who allege that Washington is creating hurdles for European financial institutions, more than three months after the agreement came into force.
With nuclear-related sanctions lifted, US and European diplomats have said there is no bar on non-American banks doing business with Iran. But it is not happening in reality, Khamenei said.
“On paper they say that foreign banks can do business with Iran but, in practice, they are fomenting Iranophobia to prevent relations.
“The United States creates disruptions and then asks us afterwards: ‘Why are you suspicious’?” Khamenei told workers in the capital.
European officials have told AFP their bankers fear they could face fines or even criminal cases against their US subsidiaries if they rush back to Tehran.