efe-epaBy Artemis Razmipour Tehran

After the historic nuclear deal was penned five years ago, many Iranians pictured a bright, promising future full of business opportunities. But today those dreams lie in tatters due to the crippling effects of United States sanctions that were reimposed two years ago.

Iran was isolated from the rest of the international community for decades from 1979, when the Islamic Revolution toppled the US-backed regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and sanctions were hardened in 2006 when Tehran refused to stop enriching uranium despite international pressure.