IMF to continue cooperation with Iran despite U.S. sanctions
"Iran is a member of the IMF, and as with all our members, the IMF will continue to work with Governor Seif and the Central Bank, consistent with the IMF’s Articles of Agreement," the IMF's Communications Department announced on Friday.
On May 15, the US Treasury Department named Seif and another senior banking official as “specially designated global terrorists” for allegedly assisting the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The IMF's announcement came in response to the CBI's inquiry about the international financial body's decision with regard to the US sanctions against Seif.
The sanctions followed US President Donald Trump’s announcement on May 8 of Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Trump also vowed to reinstate the US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Following the sanctions against the CBI chief, Iran's Ministry of Economy and Finance condemned the ban as an illegal measure aimed at waging psychological war against the Iranian banking system.
The ministry noted that such sanctions cannot harm the Iranian financial system and stressed Tehran's position to continue cooperation with the IMF. ■