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Donald Trump reversed a deal that would have brought Iran back into the international fold. Now Joe Biden intends to reverse Trump’s reversal. Does that mean good times ahead for Iran’s banks?

Between 2014 and 2016, Euromoney made frequent visits to Iran to report on the lifting of sanctions, the impact on the local banking industry and the potential engagement of foreign financiers.

All of that optimism and potential hit a brick wall with the arrival of president Donald Trump in the US and his withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran nuclear deal – in 2018.

But with Trump gone and Joe Biden in power, could all of that optimism be revived?

Well, not so fast. Here’s one banker at a big Iranian bank: “May I suggest we put something in the diary for three to six months from now when things may have become much clearer?”

Here’s another: “Because of the current situation, I can’t give any interviews to you or to domestic media.”

A third: “Let’s talk later in the year.”

This isn’t just prudence or a fear of looking foolish if events don’t unfold as expected. This is a group of people – and indeed a whole nation – that feels it was burned after holding up its side of the deal.

And there’s another, less obvious undertone: that even before Trump withdrew, things weren’t proving as easy as Iranians had hoped.

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Chris Wright
Chris Wright
Chris is a journalist specialising in business and financial journalism across Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He is Asia editor for Euromoney magazine and has written for publications including the Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Forbes, Asiamoney, the Australian Financial Review, Discovery Channel Magazine, Qantas: The Australian Way and BRW. He is the author of No More Worlds to Conquer, published by HarperCollins.

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