News ID: 273764
Published: 0146 GMT September 05, 2020

Iran's friends should have defied US sanctions during pandemic: Rouhani

Iran's friends should have defied US sanctions during pandemic: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani bemoaned Iran’s friends on Saturday for not standing up to the United States and breaking its economic sanctions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the [past] seven months, not only United States, as a vicious enemy, did not provide any assistance to the Iranian people, but even friendly countries did not step forward to help Iran by accepting the danger in these difficult conditions,” Rouhani said in remarks broadcast live on national television.

Rouhani said that if the United States had a "bit of humanity or brain," it would have lifted sanctions on Iran for the duration of the health crisis.

But the United States “is far more heartless and evil than those things," he added.

Instead, it "imposed new sanctions and pressure on us over these past seven months of the coronavirus," Rouhani said.

At the same time, he said, “not a single friendly country told us that in this time of the coronavirus and hardship and for the sake of humanity ‘we will stand up to America’” and do business with Iran despite threats of US retaliation.

“The Iranian nation well understood that it should stand on its own feet,” Rouhani said.

Iran, with over 384,000 registered cases and over 22,000 deaths from the coronavirus, is one of the countries worst-hit by the pandemic in the West Asia.

The United States has threatened to impose sanctions on whoever conducts business with Iran.

The sanctions are part of the US effort to slash Iranian revenues after President Donald Trump withdrew the US in 2018 from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Reuters contributed to this story. 


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