US illegal sanctions on Iran endangering human lives not just in Iran: UN envoy
Iran’s UN envoy says the US sanctions against the country have endangered "the lives of many people not just in Iran, but also across the globe."
“The continuation of the illegal US sanctions on Iran will only negatively affect Iran’s ability to contain the disease. Consequently, the Iranian people will suffer more as a result of this bankrupt policy, as will the other nations on our interconnected planet,” Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said in an opinion piece published by the USA Today on Wednesday, Press TV reported.
“The US’s insistence on continuing — or even doubling down — on its sanctions policy is not only immoral and against international law, but also endangers the lives of many people not just in Iran, but also across the globe,” the senior diplomat noted.
He also reiterated that although Iran is experiencing a good condition in terms of medical capabilities in comparison with other countries, it is "less equipped" to contain covid-19 than others.
The Iranian ambassador to the UN further rejected the claims made by the US officials about the exemption of humanitarian goods from the sanctions.
"That is not the reality. The financial channel required for facilitating transactions, even for humanitarian commodities, is not available, for financial institutions are worried about US vengence in the event that they find themselves in violation of US laws," Ravanchi said.
Under the US pressure, billions of dollars of Iran’s oil money and other funds are held up in several countries at a time when they are urgently needed for medicine and medical equipment in the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed some 2,000 Iranians so far.
The UN rights chief called Tuesday for any sanctions imposed on countries like Iran to be “urgently re-evaluated”, saying they are heightening the health risks for millions of people and weakening the global effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Ravanchi's op-ed come amid global calls on the administration of US President Donald Trump to end the anti-Iran sanctions.