U.S. likely to slow down Iran's re-integration into SWIFT - expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 17 / Trend, S. Isayev
While the US is likely to try to slow down Iran's reintegration into Swift, Swift is a European based organization subject to European law, Senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey told Trend.
The expert was commenting on the recent news on Iranian Tose-e Saderat (Exports Development) Bank's announcement, as it plans to start talks with EU to re-establish its connection with SWIFT, as soon as EU court upholds its initial ruling for the removal of sanctions against the Bank.
"Ultimately, the U.S. will have to comply. Individual banks will however retain the right not to do business with Iran as will their account holders," Dorsey underscored.
Managing-Director of Iran's Tose-e Saderat Bank, Bahman Vakili said on Sept. 16 that his bank will start talks with EU bank officials to reestablish the SWIFT link between the two sides.
"We will negotiate with them on the re-establishment of SWIFT (the financial messaging provider for more than 10,000 banking organizations, securities institutions and corporate customers) connections after the EU court issues its final verdict," Vakili told reporters in Tehran.
He said his Bank is now waiting for the EU court's final verdict after it ruled in favor of Tose-e Saderat Bank in its initial ruling and called on the European countries to provide it with strong evidence to substantiate their claim that the Bank has acted against the international laws and has helped Iran's peaceful nuclear program.
He added that since the EU members seem to have no corroborative evidence to substantiate their claims against the Bank, the court's final verdict will certainly be issued in favor of the Tose-e Saderat Bank, similar to what happened to Iran's Bank Mellat earlier this year.
Earlier this month, the European Union's top court thrown out sanctions imposed against eight Iranian banks and companies for their alleged ties to Iran's nuclear energy program.
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to justify the unilateral sanctions imposed by the bloc on the Iranian entities.
In January, Managing-Director of Bank Mellat (the largest private bank in Iran) Ali Divandari announced that his bank has been removed from the EU's sanctions list.