Treasury Statement on the Financial Action Task Force Public Statement on Iran

October 16, 2008

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today issued the following response to a statement issued by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Iran during its plenary meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Today's statement by the FATF marks the fourth time in the past year that the organization has warned the world of the serious threat posed by Iran's lack of a sufficient anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing regime.

FATF expressed particular concern about Iran's lack of effort to combat terrorist financing and declared that this continues "to pose a serious threat to the integrity of the international financial system." FATF further declared that "urgent action" by Iran to address these concerns is necessary. As a result, FATF called for countries throughout the world to strengthen measures to protect their financial sectors from these risks posed by Iran.

The United States has repeatedly expressed its deep concerns about Iran's financial and material support to deadly terrorist groups. We have designated Iranian entities - including Iranian state-owned Bank Saderat - under our domestic authority, Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing financial, technological, or material support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

Consistent with FATF's action, we will be employing additional actions to target the risk of terrorist financing emanating from Iran. We encourage all countries to implement measures to protect the financial system from this urgent threat.

The FATF is the foremost standard setting body on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. FATF's statement further evidences Iran's ongoing defiance of the international community.

Sustained action against Iran by the FATF, United Nations Security Council, European Union and others verifies that the international community's grave concerns about Iran's conduct transcend borders and politics.