News ID: 272482
Published: 0159 GMT August 04, 2020

US sanctions seriously affecting treatment of Iranian patients: Iranian lawyer

US sanctions seriously affecting treatment of Iranian patients: Iranian lawyer

A prominent Iranian lawyer criticized the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran, which have seriously affected the treatment of Iranian patients and stressed the need to punish those who have imposed the sanctions.

Reza Nasri, an international law expert from Geneva's Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in a series of tweets pointed to the impact of the US sanctions on the process of treatment of Iranian patients, IRNA reported.

US President Donald Trump abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran as part of a maximum pressure” campaign aimed at forcing Tehran to renegotiate a new deal.

"If true to their creed, Human Right organizations and Western countries' domestic courts should step in and do their best to impede international criminals like @SecPompeo [US secretary of state] from (re)gaining power in the US," Nasri said.

He said that before Trump's withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement, the Gamma Knife Center in Iran had managed – over the course of a decade – to treat more than 10,000 brain tumor patients by using advanced radiosurgery technology.

"The non-invasive methods used at this center allowed Iranian radiotherapists and oncologists to accurately identify the locations of eligible head and neck cancerous tumors and target them with gamma rays saving 1000s of lives with minimal side-effects in the process — at a cost largely covered by Iran's national health care system," he said.

Criticizing the US for imposing cruel sanctions against Iran, Nasri said, "Today, as US sanctions impede the import of the 'cobalt' resources needed to run the equipment, the treatment is effectively discontinued and thousands of Iranian patients are left with few alternative options."

Nasri underlined that because of the Trump administration's 'maximum pressure' policy – thousands of Iranian brain tumor patients are practically left with no real treatment options.

"And this is just a mild example illustrating the US-made silent slaughter that is going on in Iran," he said.

"The sad part is that the perpetrators of these high crimes — Trump, Pompeo, Mnuchin, Brian Hook & their clique in so-called 'think tanks' — are not even facing soft calls for accountability over this rampage...let alone some sort of charge or indictment before a judicial forum."

An Iranian pharmacology professor said last year the cancer patients in Iran are losing their lives as a result of US economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

In a Foreign Policy article, Dr. Abbas Kebriaee-Zadeh, professor of toxicology and pharmacology at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, wrote that US sanctions against Iran indirectly hamper the flow of vital medicines for cancer patients in Iran.

Washington claims that maximum pressure wont stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.

Todays integrated and interconnected world depends on banking systems and trade networks that are dominated by the United States. Consequently, the US government is able to use economic sanctions to cause harm to economic, political, and even social relations in target countries with relative ease.

Although US sanctions are engineered in a way that may appear not to target humanitarian access to food and medicine, in practice US sanctions function as a tool of economic war.



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