Feb 18, 2019, 4:52 PM
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Spox dismisses ex-US intel officer seeking asylum in Iran

Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA - Tehran dismisses reports that a former US Air Force intelligence officer has sought asylum in the country, saying it's part of the US Iranophobic strategy.

“I think this news is incorrect and is considered mediatic propaganda,” said Bahram Qasemi, Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman during a press conference on Tuesday, adding that “it’s only a charge that FBI has levelled against an American individual'.

“There are lots of these pieces of news in the US media and some other parts of the world that are aimed at promoting Iranophobia,” the official noted.

Reuters reported on Friday that US authorities had charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica after she had allegedly defected from the United States in 2013.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also stressed that his country is “ready for whatever situation” in response to “aggressive US and Zionist Regime’s policies.”

He was responding to a question on US officials’ remarks on a possible war with Iran. “We consider unrelated and incorrect remarks of the US authorities as a psychological war aimed at pressuring Iran,” he highlighted.

Qasemi, meantime, praised Iran’s regional and global power, saying “nobody will allow themselves to have such raw dreams should they have a common sense.”

The official also stressed that Financial Action Task Force bills, that are being debated at very high levels of power in the country, aren’t related to any other issue. 'Europe or any other country can’t say many things but if they do, it doesn't mean that they are correct.”

He mentioned that Iran has held talks with Europe on the issue and that 'we’ve clearly explained our position to them. We don’t connect these issues with the European payment mechanism'.

Germany, France and the UK announced on January 31 creation of INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchange) as a payment channel with Iran that will allow the export of European pharmaceuticals, medical devices and agri-foods. Their statement had expected Iran to approve outstanding FATF bills to facilitate banking transactions.

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