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In a letter to a number of world leaders:

World Must Prevent US from Undermining Coronavirus Fight, Iran’s President Says

2020-03-15 14:50:01
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on the world leaders to stand up against the US' inhumane sanctions on Iran and prevent them from impeding the battle with coronavirus, warning that the global epidemic is not restricted to Iran alone, but would engulf Paris, London and New York as well.

 

In a letter sent to the leaders of several countries on Friday, President Rouhani referred to the spread of coronavirus which has turned into a global epidemic, saying, "This virus does not know any borders and chooses its victims without any political, religious, ethnic and racial consideration."

 

"Confronting the virus requires coordinated regional and international action on the one hand, and taking tough measures, meeting the basic needs of the people, providing financial support for those affected by the suspension of economic businesses, enormous health and medical costs, etc. on the other hand; the implementation of these measures requires a strong economic power and tens of billions of dollars in funding," the Iranian president added.

 

He also noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran, unlike the other countries grappling with the virus, faces serious obstacles and restrictions stemming from two years of widespread illegal sanctions, the policy of maximum pressure and systematicobstructions caused by the American government.

 

The US regime has imposed more than 100 sanctions against the Iranian people and government in recent years, adding about 1,200 Iranian individuals and entities to its sanctions lists, President Rouhani deplored.

 

The sanctions have inflicted about $200 billion in direct damages to Iran’s economy in less than two years, President Rouhani stated, adding, "Most foreign nationals and companies, even nationals and corporations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) member states, have practically followed these sanctions, while these actions are in clear breach of the human principles, international regulations, including the JCPOA, and the Security Council Resolution 2231."

 

The president also noted that the US government, even at the height of the widespread crisis, has continued the unlawful efforts to thwart Iran's efforts, saying, "Their Secretary of State has impudently urged the other countries to make sending humanitarian aid to Iran subject to the fulfillment of America's irrational and inhumane demands."

 

The president went on to say that Iran, with the utmost transparency after identifying the first coronavirus case, began confronting the disease and, as acknowledged by the WHO representative, the Iranian government has made tremendous progress in combatting and controlling COVID-19.

 

No country can manage this huge, dangerous crisis single-handedly, let alone it may have many difficulties in the access tointernational financial markets and in supplying its needed goods, President Rouhani underlined in the letter.

 

"There is no doubt that in the face of a dangerous global epidemic, Tehran and Qom are not far from Paris, London and New York, and any policy weakening the economic structure and medical system and limiting financial resources for crisis management will have direct effects on the fight against the epidemic in the other countries," the president warned.

 

Defeating coronavirus is an "international" task, the president noted, saying the recipients of the letter are expected to think about the measures to implement the commitments of all countries under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and humanitarian obligations, so that the illegal US sanctions against the Iranian people would become ineffective, and the US economic terrorism, which has shown its ugliest and most inhumane image, could be confronted.

 

"It is time for the international community to stand up to US' illegal and inhumane bullying and not let the unjust US sanctions against Iran affect the fight against the deadly virus," he underscored.

 

"US sanctions against Iran -and the move by the other nations to follow them- are not only illegal and contrary to the UN Security Council resolution, but also unethical and inhumane, and its inhumane dimension today concerns no longer only the Iranian people, but the people of the region, and it encompasses other countries as well; this is not a collective punishment of the Iranian people, but a collective punishment for the entirehumanity," President Rouhani added, according to his official website.

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