Jan 06, 2019 16:03 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 14, 2019 21:40 Asia/Tehran]

A senior Iranian MP, Mohammad-Javad Koulivand, has said America's withdrawal from the JCPOA proves that this deal is beneficial to Iran.

Iran Press/Iran news: Mohammad-Javad Koulivand, an MP and Head of Internal Affairs Commission of the Majlis, in an exclusive interview with Iran Press on Sunday said: "The US realized that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA strengthened Iran and has been to Iran's benefit. Certainly, if JCPOA weakened Iran, America would not have have walked away from the nuclear deal.

Koulivand added: "JCPOA took us to a higher level, and enabled us to take better decisions.Even though the JCPOA did not solve all of our problems, it did resolve a significant number of difficulties which we were facing. For example, it resolved various problems connected with shipping insurance, we managed to increase our oil exports from a low of 700000 barrels per day (before JCPOA) to 2.4 million barrels per day (after JCPOA was signed). It also resolved difficulties with regards to import and export of natural gas condensates. And major foreign businesses became more active in the Iranian market." 

He added: "US President Donald Trump's exit from the Iran nuclear deal is itself an indication that Iran benefited from this deal. The Americans realized that JCPOA had strengthened Iran in many ways, and that is why they exited the deal".

But as far as Banking and financial services were concerned, we were not successful, and JCPOA provisions for Banking and financial services were not implemented. The Problem was that many foreign banks were influenced by United States, or were intimidated by the US and they refused to cooperate with us in Banking and financial services. That is one area of JCPOA in which we were not successful. Issues such as FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and CFT (Combating Financing of Terrorism) also had a bearing on this."

Alborz Province (West of Iranian Capital city of Tehran) representative in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) added: "Some say Iran gave everything, and gained nothing in the nuclear deal, which is not the case. Because JCPOA certainly solved some of our problems."


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JCPOA didn't solve our banking and financial services difficulties, because we faced with other regulation like FATF and CFT, he added.

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Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) involves investigating, analyzing, deterring and preventing sources of funding for terrorist activities. The CFT bill is one of four bills connected to The Financial Action Task Force (FATF).



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