June 24 The U.S. Federal Reserve is not involved
in clearing payments made by India to Iran to pay some of its
dues for oil bought from the Middle East country, a U.S.
Treasury Department spokeswoman said.
The comment was in response to a June 19 Reuters story
citing sources with knowledge of the matter as saying that India
planned to clear some oil payments to Iran through the United
Arab Emirates central bank. According to the sources, the new
payment system includes a step in which funds would be routed
through the Federal Reserve.
"We can confirm that no U.S. financial institutions,
including the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, will be or have been
involved in this payment installment," the spokeswoman for the
Department for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said.
An interim nuclear deal has allowed Tehran access to $4.2
billion in blocked funds globally. The payments are to reward
Tehran for cooperating in nuclear talks that, if successful,
would pave the way for Iran to return to the international fold
after decades of isolation.
Asian buyers such as Japan and South Korea have cleared some
of their oil dues as per a payment schedule approved by world
powers in a breakthrough deal with Iran in November.
The payment is spread over eight installments, ranging from
$450 to $650 million each, from February to July. India is
slated to take up the last three tranches of $550 million each.
The payments are linked to Iran making continuous cuts in
its nuclear programme.
(Reporting by Nidhi Verma in NEW DELHI and Anna Yukhananov in
WASHINGTON; Writing by Manash Goswami; Editing by Ed Davies)