Unreasonable for Iran to rely on int'l protocols to prevent sanctions - general

Business Materials 5 November 2018 10:45 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, Nov.5


Relying on some protocols and international agreements in order to prevent sanctions is unreasonable for Iran, said Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iranian civil defense, Fars reported.

“For example, in the space field, despite adherence to international protocols, Iran was sanctioned,” he said.

Iran's Guardian Council on Sunday rejected a bill on joining the UN convention against terrorist financing, seen as crucial to maintaining trade and banking ties with the world.

The bill, narrowly passed by parliament on October 7, in order to meet demands set by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which monitors countries' efforts to tackle money-laundering and terrorist financing.

In political exchanges, our country's approach was to interact, and to be flexible, but despite the utmost flexibility, the sanctions were imposed," Jalali added.

Referring to the cyber-based development of Iran, he said that the development of Iran's infrastructure is based on cyberspace, along with these capabilities, the dependency is inevitable, one of which is the possibility of interrupting, stopping or destroying the infrastructure, which can be called cyber war.

“Iran has some systemic vulnerabilities,” he said. “"In some of the waterways there is a shipping line, which if the ship drowns there, the waterwaygets blocked, and such vulnerabilities should be identified and resolved.”

Referring to the sanctions on the structure of the ports organization such as vessels and insurances, he suggested an institutionalized method of circumvention of sanctions.