PressTV-‘Washington pressed to keep Iran access to SWIFT’

Top officials in the US Treasury Department are reportedly pushing for Iran to remain connected to the SWIFT global payment network ahead of the implementation of new economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in November.

Multiple American officials, who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon news website on Monday, said an internal battle was being fought inside the US administration in Washington to save Iran’s access to international financial markets and provide Tehran with a critical lifeline in advance of the looming sanctions.

Leaders of the SWIFT banking system held meetings with US officials last week to make sure Tehran retained its access to the international banking system after Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal in May.

US President Donald Trump and some other officials have, however, made clear that SWIFT and European countries should end their business with Tehran in a bid to put maximum pressure on…

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