Top US officials are said to remain divided over whether they should save Iran’s access to international financial markets ahead of November U-S sanctions.
According to US media, leaders of the SWIFT banking system held meetings with US officials last week to make sure Tehran retains its access to the international banking system. Top officials at the US Treasury Department also pushed for Tehran to remain connected with SWIFT. This, while President Donald Trump and some others have made clear that SWIFT and European countries should end their business with Tehran in a bid to put maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic. Trump instructed his administration to restore all sanctions following his unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear dear in May. The next set of sanctions is due to be re-imposed on November 4 that will target Iran’s oil sector.