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Europe Accelerates Work on So-Called SPV to Counter U.S.’s Iran Sanctions

  • Details remain vague on EU effort to get around Trump’s moves
  • Swift’s suspension of Iran banks holds ‘risks’ for system: EU
Young Iranians And City Life

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Union said work “has accelerated” on a so-called special purpose vehicle to help avoid the U.S. administration’s reimposed sanctions on Iran as the bloc tries to preserve the landmark Iranian nuclear accord after the Trump administration abandoned it.

The EU also warned that the decision by Swift, the financial messaging network, to suspend some Iranian banks from its network in the face of the U.S.’s moves held “risks” for the global financial system. Swift on Monday said “certain Iranian banks” are being suspended from its network, days after the U.S. said the messaging network could be hit by the sanctions.