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IRAN-TEHRAN-ROUHANI-ZARIF by Ahmad Halabisaz.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) talking with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (File)

“International mechanisms have advantages and disadvantages and placing Iran on FATF’s blacklist came despite all efforts we have made inside the country and all regulations we have tried to observe,” Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said…reports Asian Lite News

TEHRAN, Jan. 6, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi attends a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 5, 2020. Abbas Mousavi on Sunday criticized as "unconstructive" some Europeans' stances over the recent U.S. assassination of a senior Iranian military commander. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/IANS)

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that the new move by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to keep the country on its blacklist is a “politically-motivated” decision.

On Friday, the FATF said that Iran will remain on its blacklist, calling on member states to impose sanctions on the country, reports media.

The Paris-based monitor had given Iran a February deadline to approve anti-terrorism legislation or remain on the blacklist.

“Unfortunately, this is also part of the politicization of international mechanisms by the US, Saudi Arabia, and the Zionist regime (of Israel),” said Mousavi.

“International mechanisms have advantages and disadvantages and placing Iran on FATF’s blacklist came despite all efforts we have made inside the country and all regulations we have tried to observe,” he added.

, Oct. 16, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives for his meeting with visiting South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor at the Presidential Palace in Tehran, Iran, on Oct. 16, 2019. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/IANS)

FATF is a Paris-based watchdog for money laundering and terrorism financing worldwide. It has long urged Iran to implement legal reforms to meet its global standards.

Iran has already enacted amendments to its counter-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering acts.

However, bills to ratify the Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorist Financing Convention have been passed by the parliament but not yet endorsed by higher legislative authorities.

The two remaining bills failed to win the approval of Guardians Council of Constitution, the highest legislative body in Iran, and was sent to the Expediency Council of Iran for final decision.

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