Al-Monitor – Iran and Turkey have set up a special transaction channel in order to bypass US sanctions on Iran, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Zarif, who was in Ankara meeting with Turkish officials, spoke on April 18 to Iranian reporters afterward. “It must be said that — regarding bilateral relations — our friends in Turkey have always opposed anti-Iranian sanctions,” Zarif said. He added, “Also, they are opposed to America’s illegal action against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], which we appreciate and are thankful for.” The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran after US President Donald Trump decided to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, which was one of former US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy achievements. The United States this month also designated the IRGC a foreign terrorist organization — an unprecedented move against the armed forces of a foreign country.
Regarding the Turkey-Iran transaction channel, Zarif said, “We reached an agreement in five fields in which we will pursue our work in a special manner, including preferential tariffs, cooperation in energy and banking, using national currencies and creating a mechanism similar to INSTEX [the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges],” which is a special payment channel set up between Iran and Germany, France and the United Kingdom in order to bypass US sanctions and facilitate trade. The European Union has opposed Trump’s decision to exit the JCPOA, but they have largely been ineffective in countering US sanctions.
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