MP: Iran’s re­fusal to pass FATF sought by en­emy Tehran slams Paris stance on Iran’s mis­sile pro­gram

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A law­maker said Iran’s re­fusal to pass the anti-money laun­der­ing laws de­manded by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would be tan­ta­mount to “fall­ing into a trap set by the en­emy.”

“At a time that our en­e­mies are try­ing to lay a trap (to harm Iran’s in­ter­ests), we should be vig­i­lant not to fall into such traps,” Hesh­ma­tol­lah Fala­hat­pisheh, the chair­man of Par­lia­ment Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, said, IRNA re­ported.

Iran has been try­ing to im­ple­ment stan­dards set by the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force (FATF), an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that un­der­pins the fight against money laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing.

Iran’s Par­lia­ment has passed the bills re­quired by FATF, but the Guardian Coun­cil, which must re­view all legislation, re­fused to put its seal of ap­proval and the law was re­ferred to the Ex­pe­di­ency Coun­cil, which con­sti­tu­tion­ally is the ar­biter be­tween Par­lia­ment and the Guardian Coun­cil.

The ap­proval of one of the bills, namely Com­bat­ting Fi­nanc­ing Ter­ror­ism (CFT), has been the main bone of con­tention.

Some Ira­nian politi­cians have op­posed the bill be­cause it could re­strict Ira­nian fi­nan­cial sup­port for al­lies.

Fala­hat­pisheh said join­ing CFT is cru­cial for the coun­try’s bank­ing re­la­tions, warn­ing that the re­fusal of the bill would lead to the “lock­ing of our bank­ing sys­tem.”

He added that Iran’s con­cerns about join­ing CFT could be eas­ily al­layed by plac­ing reser­va­tions to the bill, some­thing he said many coun­tries have done as well.

“Over 70 coun­tries have placed reser­va­tions for join­ing CFT, we can do the same,” he said.

Echo­ing that view, law­maker Ardeshir Nourian, a mem­ber Par­lia­ment Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, said, “Iran’s healthy eco­nomic re­la­tions with the world” hinge on ap­prov­ing the CFT.

“If we are to have for­eign trades and trans­ac­tions with the world, we should pass CFT.”

De­fus­ing ten­sions

De­scrib­ing Iran as one the top 20 coun­tries in the world econ­omy, Fala­hat­pisheh said Iran’s goal is to “defuse ten­sions” and “to have in­ter­ac­tion with the world.”

He pointed to the 2015 Iran nu­clear deal as an ex­am­ple of Tehran’s good in­ten­tions to in­ter­act with the world and slammed US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for his aban­don­ing of the his­toric agree­ment.

“Trump vi­o­lated the nu­clear deal,” he said, un­der­lin­ing that Iran does not plan to go to the ex­tremes in the long run.

“We should act based on our na­tional in­ter­ests and con­sider the im­pact of our de­ci­sions on peo­ple,” he con­cluded. Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi crit­i­cized the French For­eign Min­istry’s provoca­tive com­ments about Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram, urg­ing Paris to avoid re­peat­ing such “ir­re­spon­si­ble and in­cor­rect” claims re­gard­ing the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s de­fen­sive pro­grams.

“It is ex­pected from France to stop echo­ing in­cor­rect claims made by those who are against the JCPOA,” the of­fi­cial fur­ther said, re­fer­ring to Iran’s nu­clear deal with world power in 2015, of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion, and in a clear ref­er­ence to the United States that uni­lat­er­ally with­drew from the land­mark ac­cord last year, Press TV re­ported.

He made the re­marks on Fri­day, hours after French For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Agnes von der Muhll called on Tehran to “im­me­di­ately cease all bal­lis­tic mis­sile-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to carry nu­clear weapons, in­clud­ing tests us­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile tech­nol­ogy.”

“Con­trary to the French For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman’s claim, Iran’s mis­sile pro­gram has nei­ther been es­tab­lished for non­con­ven­tional pur­poses, nor the coun­try’s nat­u­ral right to strengthen its sci­en­tific and de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties as de­vel­oped in the form of mis­sile pro­gram is in vi­o­la­tion of [UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil] Res­o­lu­tion 2231,” said Qassemi.

The state­ment from the French min­istry came just a day after Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said that Iran’s do­mes­ti­cally-man­u­fac­tured rock­ets would carry two new satellites into or­bit in the com­ing weeks.

Ear­lier this month, US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo claimed that Iran’s planned launch of space rock­ets and mis­siles breaches Res­o­lu­tion 2231 that en­dorsed the JCPOA. Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif dis­missed Pom­peo’s claim, say­ing Wash­ing­ton has al­ready vi­o­lated that res­o­lu­tion and thus can­not “lec­ture” Tehran on it.

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