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Governor of Iran's central bank holds western states responsible to keep JCPOA alive

Source: Iran Daily

Governor of Central Bank Valiollah Seif attended a Council of Foreign Relations meeting Friday saying that the western governments are responsble to keep alive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

CCTV America's Asieh Namdar interviewed Valiollah Seif, governor of Iran's central bank, Valiollah Seif about his views on the nuclear talks in Vienna.

Seif said that Iran in the past two and a half years paid special attention to develop economy of resistance and make sure that foreign sabotage in Iranian trade system could not paralyze national economy.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran managed to salvage national economy in the face of hostile sanctions and reduction of oil prices.

He brused aside the the US media assertion that sanctions took Iran to the negotiating table.

He highlighted self-reliance of Iranian economy, saying that the indices of Iranian national economy indicated despite the sanctions, Iran achieved satisfactory economic growth in the past three years.

The governor said that economic pressures and imposed sanctions could not cause Iran's banking system to ignore monetary laws about money laundering.

He said that Majlis (parliament) approved law concerning fight against financial support for terrorism and money laundering and the Central Bank obliged Iranian banks, financial and credit institutes to enforce the law.

Iran Vows To 'Pressure' U.S. On Banking Restrictions

Source: RFE/RL

Iran has vowed to pile pressure on Washington in its bid to obtain access to the global financial system.

In January, world powers led by the United States and the European Union lifted most sanctions on Iran in return for Tehran's curbs on its nuclear program.

But some U.S. sanctions remain, and banks remain prohibited from doing business with Iran because Washington still accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism.

"Iran will definitely put pressure on the United States to pave the way for the cooperation of non-American banks with Iran," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a news conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Tehran has repeatedly accused the United States and the European Union of keeping Iran locked out of the international financial system despite last year's nuclear deal.

Mogherini said the EU would welcome its banking system's "engagement" in Iran.

"This would constitute a good basis for our economic cooperation," she added.

Based in reporting by Reuters and AP

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