He added: “Previously, there was some hesitation in Iran’s accession to the FATF in the country, and in fact, there were circumstances in which the FATF review was removed from the agenda of the Assembly, but now Iran has seen conditions ahead that review FATF-related bills and conventions. They have been very controversial before – reconsider.
The senior foreign policy analyst said that extending the FATF review period was a kind of green light for Iran to diplomacy: “It would have been better if this had been done sooner.” Even if Iran’s accession to the CFT and Palermo last year were not removed from the expediency council agenda and discussions continued, the possibility could be given to the triangle of Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia to put Iran on the FATF blacklist. Could not.
OFAC mission to 400 people to monitor the implementation of sanctions against Iran
Falahatpisheh noted that at the time, some people were hurting Iran’s foreign policy opportunities, noting that at the same time, some people were competing for interviews in which they announced that the CFT and Palermo were off the agenda. In this match, the triangle of Iran’s enemies, namely Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States, won.
According to the MP, this issue immediately caused Iran to be included in the FATF blacklist and the sanctions were doubled and their effect was doubled because the sanctions made it difficult for Iran to exchange money and banking, but the FATF blacklist caused banks and Countries that worked with Iran for reasons of sovereignty should also stop cooperating with Iran.
Referring to US hostile actions against Iran, he said: “After the sanctions against Iran were formed, the US Treasury Department has commissioned more than 400 troops around the world to monitor the implementation of sanctions against Iran and any country that cooperates economically with Iran did not continue to impose sanctions, it was sanctioned and punished by OFAC.
Being on the FATF blacklist led to double sanctions on the country
Falahatpisheh continued: “In such circumstances, some banks of the countries continued their cooperation with Iran by the decree and order of their governments.” Of course, they also received more money from Iran for financial exchanges, but some of them were looking for an excuse not to work with Iran, and Iran being on the black list gave them this excuse.
Emphasizing that Iran’s friends had advised us not to cut ties with the FATF and not to be blacklisted anyway, he said: “With the interviews that some people were proud to do, Iran stopped reviewing the FATF bills and this The issue has been removed from the agenda of the Assembly, Iran was again blacklisted and the country was effectively subjected to double sanctions, otherwise if it was announced that this issue is still on the agenda of the Assembly, we would not be blacklisted and the enemies would not find excuses.
The former head of the parliament’s National Security Commission said that the re-examination of the FATF bills did not mean their approval: “If the space is based on voting in the current situation, these bills will not be voted on.” Previously, three members of the 10th parliament participated in the assembly and defended the bills, but those who are now going to the assembly will take a stand against it, but if an expedient decision is made, the FATF bills will vote with its strong reservations and conditions. Will bring.
Three green lights for Europe and America to diplomacy
“When the debate was raised by critics of the FATF-related bills that the Palermo and CFT conventions are not conditional,” Falahtepisheh said in a statement that all national interests had been seen in the previous parliament and strong conditions and safeguards had been considered. The National Security Commission, which included various parliamentary assemblies, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Intelligence, the Legal Vice President, etc., decided to add a condition that if the government could not use the Article 6 condition, it could not. Join the FATF. In fact, we stressed that if Article 6 prevents Iran from betting, we will not become a member of the FATF.
“The world is tired and worried about the dangerous unilateralism of Trump and his team,” he said. . However, I think diplomacy has been given the green light.
The Allameh Tabatabai University professor added: “The positions of Jack Sullivan, Biden’s national security assistant, the statement of the European Union and the letter of 150 members of the US Congress have almost the same message in which the unconditional return to Borjam is emphasized.” These show that the green light has been given to diplomacy.
The Assembly should not postpone joining the FATF
Emphasizing that the two issues of Borjam and the FATF should not be linked, Falahtopisheh said: “Iran’s accession to the FATF-related conventions takes the excuse of the Iranian opposition and strengthens the proponents of diplomacy. The FATF remains in place, meaning that our enemies are operating elsewhere and, despite the lifting of sanctions, are trying to prevent Iran from taking advantage of the situation.
“The future should not be optimistic or pessimistic,” he said. “Two events in the future will serve the country’s interests.” One is to announce in the form of a joint commission of Borjam a specific time for everyone to return to their obligations in Borjam. The more time passes and this does not happen, the better for the US government.
The international affairs expert added: “The second issue is that we should consider the FATF as a separate issue from the UN Security Council.” The Assembly should consider the interests of the country and conduct expert discussions without marginalization or populism. If friends decide that it is possible to join the FATF, they should join the conventions associated with it and not procrastinate.
“By joining the FATF, Iran strengthens the atmosphere of diplomacy that is in the national interest,” Falahatpisheh said. At a time when the world welcomes diplomacy, Iran is the country that can make the most of it.