Iran is not ready to compromise on the issues of intelligence sharing, sanctions and definitions of terrorist groups in order to join an international task force against terror financing, a minister said today.
Iran, along with North Korea, is blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and aims to be removed from "high risk and non-cooperative" status, even if it does not obtain full membership.
Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia said Iran is not obliged to accept all the conditions put forward by the task force.
But it will implement some of the recommendations in an Action Plan developed with the FATF in order to be upgraded to either a fully cooperating or partially cooperating country, he added.
"We will not allow any international body to access our intelligence. We will not accept definitions and examples of terrorism from any authority except the UN Security Council," Tayebnia told a parliamentary session.
"And we will not recognise international sanctions on revolutionary individuals and institutions within Iranian territory."
The FATF, which was created in 1989, aims to clean up the international financial system by encouraging member countries or those wishing to join to adopt legislation against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
The task force said after its annual meeting in Paris in February that it remained "exceptionally concerned about Iran's failure to address the risk of terrorist financing and the serious threat this poses to the integrity of the international financial system".
In June, after Tehran announced it was willing to join the FATF, the task force suspended countermeasures on the Islamic republic for 12 months to monitor Iran's progress in implementing the Action Plan.
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