Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for an end to Washington’s sanctions, wondering if the United States, which itself needs help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, will have an “eternal pandemic.”
The United States on Thursday expanded its sanctions lists on Iran, adding five organizations and 15 people there. According to the US Treasury, it is, in particular, about organizations in Iran and Iraq, related, according to US authorities, to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC, part of the armed forces of Iran) or people from the list.
“COVID-19 is rampant in the world, sparing no countries. Even the largest economy in the world needs the help of others in the fight against the pandemic, but refuses to stop its economic terrorism against Iran. Do the USA really want an” eternal pandemic? “, Zarif wrote in Twitter, noting that stopping Washington’s sanctions is a “moral obligation.”
The head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry accompanied his recording with the heading of an article that had appeared earlier in the American edition of the Wall Street Journal. It was about the fact that US President Donald Trump called his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae Inu to find out if South Korea could send the US the medical equipment needed to fight coronavirus.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump previously exchanged views over the telephone on bilateral cooperation in the fight against coronavirus. This call was the first for the leaders of the two countries in 2020. According to the administration of the President of South Korea, the conversation began at the “urgent request of Trump” at 22.00 (16.00 Moscow time) on Tuesday and lasted 23 minutes.
The World Health Organization on March 11 announced an outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 with a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 416 thousand people are infected in the world, over 18 thousand have died.
The latest data on the situation with COVID-19 in Russia and the world are presented on the stopkoronavirus.ru portal.