[News] Iran only state that can’t buy medical items from abroad due to US bans

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Iran
only state that can’t buy medical items from abroad due to US bans: Envoy
to Madrid
March 19, 2020
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*Tehran’s ambassador to Madrid says Iran is the only country in the world
that cannot buy medicine and medical equipment from the global market
because of America’s “cruel and inhumane” sanctions, which are hindering
the country’s fight against a coronavirus outbreak.*

Hassan Qashqavi made the remarks in an interview with Spain's La Razon
newspaper on Wednesday.

He further said that any banking transaction requires permission from the
US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which blocks foreign firms from
engaging in transactions and trade with countries on the US’s sanctions
list.

The Iranian official described the bans as an “outright cruelty and a
serious violation of humanitarian principles by a bullying and
unilateralist power.”

The Americans have taken advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to make
the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran more effective, he said.

By using “unfounded and fabricated” news and spreading rumors through their
affiliated media empire, including the anti-Iran Persian-language media
based abroad, the Americans are working hard to divert the world’s public
opinion from their inhumane acts, he said.

The virus first emerged in China last December and later spread to other
countries in all continents. Iran has reported 1,284 fatalities and 1,8407
cases of infection so far. Over 5,970 people have also recovered.

*‘Countries should not observe US bans’*

Similarly, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights
Ali Baqeri Kani on Wednesday slammed Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions and
bullying, saying most of the European countries are abiding by the bans,
which are throwing a wrench in the Islamic Republic’s fight against
COVID-19.

The Europeans who claim to be advocates of human rights should be ashamed
of their behavior at a time when Iran is grappling with the
fast-spreading-virus, he said.

“The countries that do not cooperate with Iran in the coronavirus issue
should be aware that they will be the cause of the spread and the
international community should not remain silent on it,” he said.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Ali Hosseini, called on
the international community to take actions against US anti-Iran sanctions.

“Leaders of world states, particularly those in the region, should
immediately react to America’s bullying measures and sanctions, which have
blocked the Iranian nation’s access to medical supplies,” he said in an
article published in Pakistani press on Thursday.

*Red Cross urges support for Iran*

Meanwhile, a senior official with the International Committee of the Red
Cross raised alarm at the “massive impact” the virus on Iranians in a tweet
on Wednesday.

“Efforts should be stepped up asap to support their health actors/system
dealing yet again with an unprecedented challenge,” said Cardon Christian,
the deputy regional director for the committee’s Near and Middle East
office.

*WHO presses US to ease Iran bans*

Separately, the Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel quoted Director
General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
as saying that Washington has agreed to remove part of sanctions against
Iran.

The WHO’s chief said that he had stressed Iran’s need for protection
against the coronavirus during a Tuesday phone conversation with US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The US has agreed to suspend certain parts of the bans, particularly in the
banking sector, during the global emergency situation, he said.

Meanwhile, Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program,
said that the organization would constantly continue its cooperation with
Iran.

He further called on the world nations to refrain from politicizing the
crisis.

Iranian officials say the continued imposition of sanctions on Iran is
contrary to the spirit of humanitarianism.

Hundreds of thousands of trained foot soldiers, volunteers, public health
workers and specialists have been dispatched to affected regions up and
down the country to identify people with this new infectious disease.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the US to lift the
sanctions it has illegally re-imposed on humanitarian supplies to Iran.

The US claims it does not get in the way of food and medicine exports to
Iran, but Tehran says Washington has been creating problems for a Swiss
humanitarian channel launched to enable the transfer of commodities to Iran.

Over the past weeks, calls have been growing on the world stage for the US
to lift its illegal sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many
governments say the sanctions regime had severely affected Iran’s
healthcare system at a time when all countries need to join forces against
the pandemic.


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