Rouhani says Iran’s joining FATF can foil US conspiracies

TEHRAN, Jan. 23 (MNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he hopes that the ratification of FATF-related bills in the country would finally neutralize US conspiracies against Iran's banking and financial sectors.

He made the remarks Wednesday at a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

Rouhani went on to say that the US only aims to put pressure on Iranian people by imposing sanctions.

“We are glad that, despite all the conspiracies against the Islamic Revolution, the illegal US sanctions have failed to meet their goals as US officials also admit it,” he said.

The enemy is trying to put pressure on Iran via two main issues of oil sales and banking ties, he noted, adding, “regarding oil issues, fortunately, we are following various routes to sell oil and we will bypass the US sanctions proudly.”

He also congratulated the upcoming 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution and said, “we all know that Bahman month, the 10-day Fajr celebration and especially this year’s Revolution anniversary are very important.”

Rouhani went on to say, “all countries know that these sanctions are unjust and unlawful, eventually targeting the people of Iran, rather than state individuals and institutions.”

Expressing happiness that the discovered oil fields in the past 40 years have been nearly doubled, the President added, “today, our oil and condensates reserves are very high compared to the early days after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.”

He also mentioned the exploration of a new oil field in Abadan, saying that this shows Iran’s power in oil and gas and that no one can eliminate Iran from the energy market.

The United States is trying to make banking transactions with the world hard for us, said Rouhani, adding, “their goal is to gather a team and they are using financing of terrorism as a pretext.”

“Today, the entire world know that Iran has been both pioneer in fighting terrorism and a victim of terrorism since the beginning of the Revolution,” he said.

President added, “Today, Iran has a very important role in fighting terrorism and ensuring security in the region.”

He went on to refer to the 4 bills on countering the financing of terrorism, saying, “fortunately, the government and the parliament have done a great deal in ratifying these bills and we hope that the other institutions finalize their work and accelerate it so that we can foil American plots.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has foiled the plots of the US with wise steps and we hope that we can foil this plot as well with the help of the related institutions.”

“We can assure the world that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always fought terrorism and today, it will fight them financially and in other fields.”

“Comprehensive Bill on Elections was approved by the cabinet and it will be submitted to parliament for ratification next week,” he continued.

“Free and fair election is one of the important achievements of the Islamic Revolution and what we can use to compare the current states to the past is all people’s testimony by attending the elections in large numbers,” he said.

MAH/PR

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