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EU-Intorduced INSTEX Trade Mechanism To Avoid US Sanctions Causes Mixed Responses From Iran

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EU-Intorduced INSTEX Trade Mechanism To Avoid US Sanctions Causes Mixed Responses From Iran

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On January 31st, the EU unveiled its new trade mechanism with Iran: the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX). French, German and UK Foreign Ministers announced the long-awaited mechanism.

“The E3 together with INSTEX will continue to work on concrete and operational details to define the way the company will operate; the E3 will also work with Iran to create an effective and transparent corresponding entity that is required to be able to operationalise INSTEX,” the statement read.

The Twitter Account of the French Foreign Ministry posted a video explaining the mechanism:

Overall, INSTEX allegedly enables EU companies to trade with Iran. Payments will be made between importers and exports from the same country, there will be no direct financial flows with Iran. To make it operational Iran must also mirror the structure.

France, Germany and the UK are working to extend the mechanism to other EU states. INSTEX will initially focus on the sectors such as pharmaceutical, medical devices and agri-food goods.

Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also said that the EU is fully behind the implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal and that INSTEX reinforces that.

“INSTEX aims in the long term to be open to economic operators from third countries who wish to trade with Iran and the E3 continue to explore how to achieve this objective.”

According to the statement, INSTEX will function under the highest international standards with regards to anti-money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and EU and UN sanctions compliance. In this respect, the E3 expects Iran to swiftly implement all elements of its FATF action plan.

The announcement faced mixed reactions from Iran.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran deputy foreign minister also welcomed the step as a “first step” by the EU in fulfilling its commitments toward Iran. Araghchi told the State TV that while the channel is initially used for non-sanctioned trade with EU, Iran expects it to cover other trade as well which is why the mechanism was launched in the first place.

However, on February 4th, Iranian top judge Sadeq Amoli Larijani said that Iran would never accept conditions set by EU countries for financial transactions bypassing US sanctions.

“The countries should be aware that Iran will by no means accept these humiliating conditions and will not accede to any demand at the expense of opening a small waterway such as INSTEX,” Larijani said.

The European countries have reportedly set two “strange conditions” for INSTEX, he added. The first condition is that Iran should join the FATF and the other is that the country should enter the negotiations on its missile program, the judiciary chief stated.

“The countries should be aware that Iran will by no means accept these humiliating conditions and will not accede to any demand at the expense of opening a small waterway such as INSTEX,” he said.

Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s Ambassador to the UK also condemned the conditions set out around INSTEX.

“Europe has no right to set conditions for implementing the new financial channel,” he said on Twitter on February 3rd.

He said that the EU3 joint statement didn’t define Iran’s accession to the FATF as a necessary condition to implement INSTEX, “but as “an expectation” from Iran, which he linked to the role of banking systems in the process of payment to Iran.”

He cited the following clause “INSTEX will function under the highest international standards with regards to anti-money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and EU and UN sanctions compliance. In this respect, the E3 expect Iran to swiftly implement all elements of its FATF action plan.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang expressed China’s praise of the efforts made by the EU.

“The Chinese side highly appreciates these efforts made by the European countries in upholding the JCPOA and supports the creation of the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX). This showcases the European side’s determination to safeguard multilateralism. China supports their efforts in sustaining cooperation with Iran, getting INSTEX up and running at an early date, and opening it to third parties to promote normal economic and trade cooperation between the international community and Iran. We also firmly support the EU’s leading role in upholding the JCPOA through political and diplomatic means.”

Russia also appears to be more sceptic regarding the trade mechanism. On February 4th, Russian news outlet RBC cited Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan who said that INSTEX raises more questions rather than providing answers.

“This step is more like a political signal, namely, a call for Iran to remain committed to the implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). Moreover, at the initial stage, it will only work for the product line, not affected by the US sanctions restrictions — food, medicine and medical equipment will fall into the scope of INSTEX,” the diplomat said.

As Dzhagaryan noted that the main product for Iran is oil, and if whether Europe will be able to provide the volumes of oil exports and revenues that the Iranians need.

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Sadde

It’s Baffling how the Five+1 will ultimately force Iran to go for the bomb!

verner

the bööömb is a survival instrument so they better get it fast – north korea, the dumbnuts in washington can’t really do much about it and rest assured that if nk disposes of de böööömb, that will be the end of nk as a sovereign country – the destitute states of morons never forgets and they never forgive so that kim jung un’s grandfather refused to accept sung man rhee in 1950 is not forgotten and not forgiven – once the nukes are out of the way, nk will also be out of the way. so kim jung un better keep the nukes loaded and aimed at washington or some such place.

Garga

So set a condition such as negotiating the defensive and deterrence force of the country in exchange for what allegedly is not even sanctioned: Food, medicine, agri-items.
Seems they prepare scene for Iran’s withdrawal from JCPoA after years of patience, and pretend it’s Iran’s fault.
No problem, I just hope our officials remember these behaviours and in the future be more careful and do not offer whatever market we have to the snakes.

Still, I’d wait to hear from either President Rohani, FM Zarif or speaker of the parliament Dr. Larijani. The head of Judiciary branch of government is free to express his opinion and give his insight, but he has no official position on diplomatic matters. That’s exactly why the president doesn’t meddle into matters of judicial system: Separation of powers in a tripartite system of governance.

Tommy Jensen

Just one more empty punch in the air from EU ending up in just another problem. So now we have our Brussel travel problems, our endless refugee problems and our many EU payment problems.

verner

nah, quite good actually for a start and the thing will develop to an extent that the destitute states of morons (aka almost bankrupt usa) can’t do anything about. next thing is to discontinue the russian sanctions and cancel the eurosong contest in tel aviv (and kick israel out of uefa) and so on and so forth.

and israel will be toast before you have time to say told you so (almost)

Kelli Hernandez

The European countries have reportedly “set two “strange conditions” for INSTEX, he added. The first condition is that Iran should join the FATF and the other is that the country should enter the negotiations on its missile program, the judiciary chief stated.”
Lol! EU sneaky neocunts working for the Rothschild Jew system.
Ok, but ONLY if you promise NEVER to attack ISRAHELL. ISRAHELL always comes first so let’s negotiate a way to get you to the table, let’s create a system of payment that IS NOT on US sanctions list and because of our contemptuous traitorous psychopathic BIG HEARTS, we also deem it necessary to negotiate down your ballistic missile system, ya know, for Israhelli security.
I have an idea! Tell the EU to fuck off!

Brother Ma

Certainly the EU are lapdogs of the ziocnuts and the US.

Sinbad2

INSTEX is a cardboard cut out replica of a trade mechanism.
The EU are a bunch of American Nazis pretending to be Europeans, and trying to hide that they work for America, against the people of Europe.
The EU won’t exist in a decade, and a good number of the quislings will be hanging from lamp posts or hiding from the law in the USA.

Brother Ma

“Will be a measure against terrorism”. Pity the EU can’t do this with the US . After all the US system allows lots of money to flow to terrorism. Anyone remember the suitcases of cash brought to Iraq by Bremer or the Afghan opium fields reopened by the USA /CIA? Yep. I remember.

Sinbad2

Or Colonel Oliver North and his Cocaine for guns.
The US is pure capitalism, it will buy/sell anything guns drugs women it doesn’t have any moral barriers. That is why the US has been so successful, a total lack of moral values and worshiping the money god.

Brother Ma

True. So by definition a Psychopath like most multinationals.

Sinbad2

Yes, a psychopath crossed with a sociopath.

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