Ahmad Alam-ol-Hoda, the Friday mass Imam of Mashhad, has once again slammed the nuclear agreement forged by the Rohani administration between Iran and the 5+1 and said trade agreements with foreign countries will not solve the country’s economic problems.

Ahmad Alam-ol-Hoda

Ahmad Alam-ol-Hoda

The Supreme Leader’s representative in Mashhad said on Friday April 29 that the nuclear agreement has had no positive results, adding that “once they said the sanctions are removed our business people saw that Swift remains closed to them, and the head of our Central Bank has said that the expectations from the nuclear agreement have to crystalize.”

Swift is a global financing network between international banks, which Iran was shut out of due to the sanctions. While the sanctions are purportedly removed, it is still unclear whether Iran is able to avail itself of Swift services or not.

Valiollah Seif, the head of Iran’s Central Bank, recently reported that it is still not able to access the country’s assets in international banks.

Alam-ol-Hoda said: “For two years, all the government bodies engaged themselves in nuclear negotiations, but the result is that the U.S. hostilities have escalated; the nuclear agreement has yielded nothing, and it is now clear that this kind of political stance will not solve any problems.”

He went on to add that Iran is an “market of 80 million people” and if the doors are closed to foreign agreements, then doors would be opened to the “Economy of Resistance”.

Economy of Resistance is a term coined by the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei as a solution to the country’s economic recession and a form of countering international sanctions.