Removing From FATF’s Blacklist Is Difficult
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – Finance and Economic Affairs Farhad Dejpasand said yesterday that if Iran is blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), it will difficult to be delisted.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the cabinet meeting yesterday, Dejpasand pointed to the FATF’s decision for extending deadline for Iran, noting that if FATF puts Iran on its blacklist, it will be difficult for the country to be removed from the list.
He added that the government has asked several times the FATF to extend its deadline and they have accepted, reiterating that the FATF has warned Iran this time that this would be the last chance and it would not be extended.
Dejpasand went on to say that the country has only less than four months to decide on it, adding that one month before the main meeting of the FATF, there would be a preliminary meeting where Iran has to present a report about its acts and measures.
He reiterated that it is natural that if the country does not take any action before the deadline, Iran would be automatically put on the blacklist and then it would be difficult for the country to be delisted and it should prepare “action plan” and it can deteriorate the condition.
Dejpasand went on to say that two bills of Palermo and CFT have still remained as the government hopes that they would be approved.
He reiterated that the government is determined about combatting money laundering and will pursue it.
The minister also noted that the government is determined to develop non-oil exports, adding that the country is determined to boost non-oil exports as much as it can and it will reduce restrictions regarding non-oil exports.
He went on to say that the ministry has not restricted issuance of license for exports and everything is normal.
On the recent fluctuation in the stock market, Dejpasand said that it is natural because such fluctuations in the stock market are natural and it can happen, reiterating that the stock market will bounce back soon.