Apr 06, 2020 12:17 UTC
  • Iran urges US to stop impeding coronavirus aid

Iranian people do not need any assistance from the US amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, but expect Washington to stop obstructing the flow of humanitarian aid from international organizations, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

According to Press TV, speaking at a press conference on Monday, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said the US government is not expected to help the Iranian people in the battle with the coronavirus, but it must stop blocking the flow of aid from other countries and international institutions and allow financial transactions for the fight against COVID-19 to be conducted easily.

“We call on all independent and civilized countries in the world to ignore these illegal, cruel and baseless (US) sanctions and defy them, so that we could overcome this problem (coronavirus pandemic) through cooperation,” he added.

On the US president’s comments that he is waiting by the phone for Iran to call and ask for the removal of the sanctions, Mousavi said the American officials have always been in a state of confusion over various issues.

“The (US) president says one thing, the state secretary says something else, other people in charge of Iran affairs go their own way, and there are also various ideas in Congress. What matters is that the sanctions are cruel and illegal, as the entire world acknowledges this,” Mousavi added.

Iran has already expressed its stances and called for the removal of all sanctions, but the call has been against the bullying nature of the US officials and reveals that Americans are looking for an excuse, he said.

The spokesman warned the international community that a failure to stand against the US’ unilateral and bullying policies would cause problems for other countries sooner or later.

“The Americans did not show mercy even to their friends and allies. Any financial or spiritual assistance to the US in imposing sanctions against other countries will one day grip them (the sponsors) as well,” he added.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has intensified diplomatic efforts in recent weeks to persuade the other countries to defy the US sanctions against Iran which have hampered the efforts to control the coronavirus epidemic.