Dec 16, 2019, 12:40 PM
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Iran says Russia not cooperating in Fordow due to technical difficulty

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA – Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in his weekly press conference on Monday that Russia has stopped cooperating in Fordow due to technical difficulty and that the issue is under examination by the two sides.

Mousavi told reporters that the main reason is the simultaneity of two actions; the Russians want to see if it is possible to do two projects at the same time.

He said that all the remaining signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action believe that the United States is responsible for the current situation. They do not recognize the US illegal sanctions on Iran, he said in reference to the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 in 2015 which backed the JCPOA, requiring to lift international sanctions on Iran.

He said that December 18 has been named the World against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) based on President Hassan Rouhani's proposal to the United Nations General Assembly in the year 2013.

Iran hopes that the world community will get rid of violence and extremism, and all counties will follow suit.

Asked about the outcome of presence of Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi in the meeting of the Arbitral Joint Commission of the JCPOA in Vienna, he said that the meeting has been positive.

Responding to a question about the upcoming visit to Tokyo of Foreign Minister Zarif, Mousavi said that Zarif is scheduled to attend the joint economic commission with Japan.

He said that President Hassan Rouhani is due to visit Malaysia in the coming days and his upcoming visit to Japan is being finalized.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry believes that the country's accession to the conventions as stated in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is not harmful but productive, the spokesman said.

Mousavi noted that Iran, like other countries, has an action plan, and has worked on many parts of that plan.

"Iran is not after money laundering or financial support for terrorism," he said.

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) introduces itself as an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions. 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. The FATF is, therefore, a “policy-making body” which works to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas.

The issue of Iran's accession to the FATF focuses on banking transactions with many world countries including the friendly states, Mousavi said stressing that not joining FATF will be an obstacle to banking interactions with the world.

He further said Iran is not worried about joining the conventions under the FATF supervision because almost all world countries are members of the body.

After accession to the FATF, baseless accusations will be refuted, so that the Iranian businesspersons can continue cooperation with the world, the spokesman noted.

 Elsewhere, the spokesman was asked about Iran's policy on the new UK government and replied that Britain is a member of the July 2015 nuclear deal and has commitments to the international agreement.

If the UK government stays in power or if the new government takes office, the country's foreign commitments should not be changed, the spokesman stressed adding that Iran respects the British people's decision, but the UK is committed to the deal anyway.

Also about Tehran-Kabul relations, Mousavi said a document on comprehensive cooperation between the two countries is on way to finalize.

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