Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, noting that US sanctions restrict Iran’s access to financial systems as well as food and medicine, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
Noting that Iran has been “under US sanctions for more than 40 years," Takht-Ravanchi said, "Iran is currently facing the toughest sanctions ever imposed on any other country, and these limitations have severely hampered our efforts to combat the COVID-19."
He added the “inhumane tool” is used by countries that claim to be the greatest defenders of human rights.
"These illegal, immoral, and inhumane punishments are a clear symbol of crimes against humanity and economic terrorism," he maintained.
According to Takht-Ravanchi, Iran is unable to use its financial resources in some countries due to US sanctions and therefore is not capable to buy medicine and medical equipment necessary in the fight against the coronavirus.
The Iranian diplomat further called for immediate action by the international community to lift the sanctions.
Iran is struggling to have access to its funds frozen by foreign banks amid a shortage of hard currency in the country which has been contending with the coronavirus pandemic over the past months.
The US regime has exerted pressure on countries not to release Iranian assets frozen in their banks due to the illegal sanctions that Washington reimposed on Tehran following its unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
The restrictions have caused problems for the country to buy the medicine needed in the country, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic.