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SWIFT to disconnect messaging for some Iranian banks this weekend

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(Reuters) - SWIFT will disconnect some Iranian banks this weekend, the Belgium-based financial messaging service's Gottfried said on Friday, adding it was regrettable.

SWIFT said earlier this week that it would suspend the access of some Iranian banks "in the interest of the stability and integrity of the global financial system".

SWIFT made no mention at the time of U.S. sanctions as the reason for the decision, which likely reflects the fact that it is caught between conflicting regulatory demands.

"This weekend we are going to disconnect a certain number of Iranian banks. It's really regrettable, we're not being allowed to be neutral," told a Franco-German business conference in Paris, adding that it was a commercial decision and that not all banks would be affected.

He later said that the list of banks would be published this weekend after the concerned banks were notified. He declined to confirm whether the central was on the list or not.

The has told SWIFT that it is expected to comply with sanctions and it could face them itself if it fails to do so. On the other hand, SWIFT is barred from doing so under the European Union's so-called blocking statute, which could subject it to European penalties for complying with U.S. law.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by and Alexander Smith)

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 20:51 IST