Jan 25, 2019, 3:53 PM
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Cleric: Iran will successfully overcome economic problems

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA – A senior Iranian cleric on Friday cautioned officials about any foreign so-called offers to resolve Iran's problems and said the nation will overcome economic problems.

Tehran Interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi, in the second sermon of his Friday prayers speech, expressed confidence that Iran will resolve its economic problems with pride and dignity.

He referred to the enemies' economic war against Iran and warned the officials about following the enemies' offers for resolving country's problems.

Commenting on Financial Action Task Force (FATF), he said that enemies are seeking to find out about Iran's trade routes and economic partners.

They want to disarm Iran financially by using an international rule, signed by Iran, itself, the cleric added.

Seddiqi criticized the surge of prices in the country, even after the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015 and said that these agreements are used to increase pressure on the country.

He expressed the hope that the country's independence and sovereignty will be respected while signing the international agreements.

Established in 1989, the FATF is an intergovernmental body comprising more than 190 member states. The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

Since 2008, the FATF has put Iran on its blacklist. Previously, only Iran, North Korea and Cuba were included in the FATF blacklist. Cuba, however, was removed from the list after a while.

In 2016, FATF removed Iran from its blacklist and suspended its countermeasures against the Middle Eastern state, providing Tehran with the opportunity to reform the laws and structures of its banking system.

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