It's been half a year since the formal implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers. There is growing dissatisfaction in Iran over the limited benefits it has received from sanctions relief. And that may benefit hardliners in next year's presidential election.
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization says it has drawn up plans to restore its nuclear production to its state before the deal if the United States and other western powers continue to block banking transactions. Iran reached the deal in July last year with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
"The United States only agreed to the deal on paper, but never planned to do anything about it," said Naghavi Hosseini, lawmaker of National Security Committee Member.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials have accused the US of not abiding by the deal and pursuing hostile policies toward the Islamic Republic country.
"They destroyed the trust of Iranian people and the government. America should be building trust. If the current situation continues, we will never trust the United States," said Kamal Firouz Abadi, deputy chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
Iran has also urged the United States to make good on sanctions relief and to encourage commercial deals. European banks, some of which have been punished for breaking sanctions imposed on Iran, have shown reluctance to resume trade ties. And conservatives in Iran who opposed the nuclear deal have criticized President Rouhani for not produciing results. With the 2017 presidential election approaching, the political stakes are high for Rouhani.