With pro-Rouhani candidates soon to have the most seats in the newly elected parliament, the statement does not pose a problem for the comprehensive nuclear deal. However, the statement does reflect that Rouhani continues to face economic challenges, and since the January implementation of the nuclear deal, and despite oil exports having increased, Iranians are still waiting to see the economic results of the deal.
Conservative newspapers that were opposed to the nuclear deal have now turned their focus to poor economic news. A May 9 article in Vatan-e-Emrooz reported that despite the lifting of sanctions on Iran and the hopes of the administration, major energy corporations did not attend the recent international oil, gas and petrochemical exhibition in Iran. A front-page May 9 article in Kayhan newspaper was headlined, “You filled the country with imported goods then speak of production?!” The article was in reference to comments by Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli about how smuggled goods was adding to the unemployment problem facing the country.
Even Reformist media, which has supported the nuclear deal and Rouhani’s other policies, concedes that there are still no tangible effects of the nuclear deal. In a May 9 defense of the nuclear deal, an article in Arman Daily reported, “The outcomes of the nuclear deal may not be tangible in the lives of people, but it has increased the hope of the people for the future.”
The article, which addressed the concerns that Iran would be attacked by the United States or Israel, added that the nuclear deal has also “eliminated the environment of conflict in society” and has “eliminated the hostilities against Iran which had peaked under the previous administration.”