Geithner: Be vigiliant of terror financing risk from Iran banks(Read article summary)
US Treasury secretary Geithner warned of illicit financing from Iranian banks. His statement comes the week after Iran appeared to be cooperating with Western nations to start monitoring its nuclear program.
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US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has urged the international community to be vigilant in their dealings with Iranian banks, citing "money laundering and terror financing risks."
The US is concerned about "illicit finance emanating from Iran" said Mr. Geithner, speaking to the International Monetary Fund's International Monetary and Financial Committee in Istanbul ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank.
His statement comes after Iran agreed at international talks in Geneva last week to open a recently revealed second uranium enrichment facility to international inspectors. Iran also agreed to two more meetings with the US and other world powers in October.
Geithner also called for countries to implement a United Nations Security Council resolution approved last year, imposing sanctions against Iran, by exercising "enhanced vigilance" over their links with Iranian banks.
He said states should monitor links between their financial institutions and "Iranian financial institutions -- including branches and subsidiaries abroad -- and particularly with respect to Bank Saderat and Bank Melli."