Iran to avoid US trap by proper handling of sanctions: FM spox

TEHRAN, Dec. 06 (MNA) – The US has established centers, especially in neighboring countries, to prevent them from doing business with Iran, but the Islamic Republic will overcome the hurdles through accurate and systemic management, according to FM Spokesman Ghasemi.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi made the remakes in an interview with IRNA news agency on Wednesday, during which he voiced confidence that Iran could easily bypass the US pressure, while hailing the 2015 nuclear deal, dubbed JCPOA, as a fruitful agreement that enhanced Iran’s position at the regional and international levels.

He said that today, the majority of the world ranging from Europe to China, Russia, and even Latin America politically support the continuation of the JCPOA and try to save it, adding that the US administration intensified its anti-Iran campaign when it witnessed its weakness and failures.

He also referred to the Iran-EU trade mechanism aimed at facilitating trade with Iran in the face of US sanctions, saying “at first, the mechanism was expected to be finalized in a short period of time, but due to the complexity of the decision-making process in the EU, as well as the US immense pressures on them, it has not been completed yet.”

The spokesman further said that maintaining the JCPOA is important for the Europeans given their sensitivity to nuclear issues as well as the influence that Iran enjoys in the region as a regional power, adding that the deal for them is a ‘confidence-building element.’

He, meanwhile, added that the Europeans have groundless concerns about some Iranian policies and are trying to bring up some issues while they are continuing to work on the promised financial mechanism.

He went on to point to the current discussions revolving the hosting of the trade mechanism jointly by France and Germany in a bid to lessen the risk of US pressure, adding that nothing is certain yet as long as the EU does not make the final announcement on the matter.

Ghasemi further urged the Iranian Central Bank to coordinate efforts with other banks to prepare themselves for carrying out transactions.

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