Deputy FM: Iran to Give EU Some More Time to Set Up Sanctions Evasion Mechanism

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakIran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi arrives for a press briefing for Iranian journalists after the closed-door nuclear talks at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 16, 2014
Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi arrives for a press briefing for Iranian journalists after the closed-door nuclear talks at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Friday, May 16, 2014 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iran is ready to wait some more as the European Union works on a mechanism that will allow trade between them to bypass US financial services, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Friday.

The European Union suggested the special purpose vehicle (SPV) in September as a way to evade US sanctions on Iranian oil trade and banking. Russia and China are also involved in its creation.

"The SPV is on the agenda in our talks with EU countries as they struggle to set up a payment mechanism … We are not going to wait forever. But we believe we should give the Europeans more time," Araghchi said in an interview with the IRNA news agency.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hold a press conference in Vienna on January 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran that were waived under the 2015 pact limiting Tehran’s nuclear research. He told foreign firms in Iran to phase out operations or face penalties. The European Union vowed to continue trading with Iran outside the US financial system.

READ MORE: Iran Working With EU on Alternative to SWIFT Amid US Sanctions

After the reimposition of the US sanctions against Iran Abdolnassr Hemmati, the head of the country's Central Bank stated that Iran "considering the possibility of banks being disconnected from SWIFT, have considered alternatives to replace it".

The SPV, proposed in September is one of those alternatives, which is expected to become a replacement of SWIFT.

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