Iran waiting for EU’s official announcement of SPV launch

MNA – Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Iran is waiting for the European Union’s official launch of a special payment channel aimed at circumventing the United States’ sanctions to facilitate trade with Iran.

Asked about the reports by some foreign media that say SPV will be presented today, Ghasemi responded “we had heard a lot of promises about launching SPV in the previous months, and in recent days; we are now waiting for SPV to be officially announced by Europe.

Speaking during his weekly press conference on Monday, Ghasemi said Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi’s three nation tour to Austria, Slovakia and Bulgaria has nothing to do with SPV launch; it takes place within the framework of Iran’s relations with the three European countries, as well as holding negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regarding French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s recent intimidating remarks on Iranian missile program, he said “Iran’s missile program is defensive and a domestic issue that is deterrent in nature and is designed to defend the country.”