An Iranian official called US President Donald Trump ” more dangerous than the coronavirus “claiming that measures to block vital medical supplies to prevent the coronavirus from reaching Iran amounts to crimes against humanity.
Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, sThe secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran has accused the United States government of opposing the efforts of the International Monetary Fund to assist Iran during the pandemic.
“The sanction on health items is an illegal and inhuman act and a symbol of Trump’s open hostility to the Iranian people”, Shamkhani wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
“The American opposition to the granting of facilities to Iran by the International Monetary Fund to respond to the medical articles necessary to combat the coronavirus is a true example of crimes against humanity. “
The sanction of health articles is an illegal and inhuman act and a symbol of #Assetthe open hostility of the Iranian people.
American opposition to the grant # Iranthe facilities requested from @IMF to provide the elements necessary to deal with #Coronavirus is a true case of crimes against humanity.
– علی شمخانی (@alishamkhani_ir) April 5, 2020
“Trump is more dangerous than the coronavirus,” added Shamkhani.
More than 3,600 people died from COVID-19 in Iran, while the number of confirmed cases in the country has reached nearly 60,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“We would like to meet”
Trump said on Friday that he would have a “moral responsibility” to help Iran in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the country’s leaders asked for help.
“Well, they didn’t even ask us to do it,” said Trump when asked if the United States would consider easing sanctions against Iran in light of the global epidemic.
“If they want to meet, we would be delighted to meet and we will settle everything,” he added.
Since 2018, the Trump administration has imposed a policy of “maximum pressure” on sanctions against Tehran after Washington’s withdrawal from the historic nuclear agreement of 2015.
As part of the agreement – signed between Iran, the United States, the European Union, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany in 2015 – Tehran has promised to reduce its nuclear ambitions in exchange for reduced sanctions.
In the past month, as the virus has spread rapidly in Iran, the United States repeatedly toughened sanctions aimed at stifling Tehran’s crucial oil exports.
On March 26, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on 20 Iranian companies and individuals accused of supporting a Shiite militia in Iraq allegedly responsible for attacks on bases where US forces are located.