US, Zionist regime leading sponsors of terrorism: Cleric

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA – The US and Zionist regime and their regional allies are the leading sponsors of terrorism, senior cleric said.

The United States, the European Union, the Zionist regime and their allies in the region are the leading sponsors of terrorism and provided logistical, financial and arm support for them, Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani said.

He referred to Daesh (ISIS) and other terrorist groups' crimes and said terrorists committed the crimes under the protection of the US and the EU.

The cleric lauded Iran's role in fighting terrorism and noted that it was Iran that put up fight against these terrorists and expelled them from Iraq and Syria.

Commenting on the risks of joining Financial Action Task Force (FATF), he said that it is a mechanism for intelligence dominance over the target countries' financial transactions.

Tehran has tried to attract foreign investors after completing a landmark 2015 agreement with the world powers under which a number of sanctions were lifted in exchange for Iran agreeing to curbs on its civilian nuclear program.

Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the FATF, a global group of government anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter financing of terrorism regimes (CFT), in the hope it will be removed from a blacklist that makes some foreign investors reluctant to deal with it.

Iran’s Supreme Leader said on June 20 that parliament should pass legislation to combat money laundering according to its own criteria.

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