Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak, U.S. Continues to Pressure Iran
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a statement released on the official presidency website, has described the American pressure on Iran in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic as “inhumane.”
Flashback: The Us and Iran’s Complicated History
US and Iran have had a long and complicated history over the years.
After the US President, Donald Trump has taken office; the issue has become more complicated than ever.
After the inauguration of Donald Trump, he signed an executive order banning seven Muslim majority nations, including Iran, from entering the US for 90 days.
Iran, however, calls the ban an insult to the Islamic world and responds by conducting a ballistic missile test.
In 2018, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, which he viewed as one-sided.
He also says he will place new sanctions on the regime.
According to research, in 2019, US labels Tehran’s most powerful military institution (IRGC), a foreign terrorist with Iran responding by declaring the US a “state sponsor of terrorism.”
The US further imposed several rounds of sanctions on Iran in June, which were originally lifted under the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran also announced that it would ramp up enrichment of low-grade uranium, which breaks the stockpile limit it agreed to in 2015.
Early this year – January 2020 – Trump ordered an airstrike in Iraq to kill Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani. In retaliation, Iran fires missiles at Iraqi bases housing American troops.
Although no lives were lost in the process, Trump responded by promising more sanctions.
Now, To The Current Timeline
Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the US continues to pressure Iran.
The US has a total confirmed 799,515 cases of COVID-19 and 42,897 deaths, while Iran has confirmed 83,505 cases and 5,209 deaths, according to the latest figures on worldometer.
In a tweet by Shamkhani on Sunday, he said:
“The sanction on health items is an illegal and inhumane act and a symbol of Trump’s open hostility to the Iranian people.”
He added that the US President, Donald Trump, is more dangerous than coronavirus.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, in a televised news conference,
“Iran has never asked and will never ask the United States for help in its fight against the coronavirus outbreak… But America should lift all its illegal unilateral sanctions on Iran.”
There is no doubt that Iran’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 have been hampered by its inability to import vital medical equipment due to the sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said,
“The intervention of foreigners, especially the United States, threatens the peace and security of the region.”
In a telephone conversation with the Italian Prime Minister.
Rouhani, referring to US opposition to the International Monetary Fund’s loan to Iran, said saving the lives of human beings is more important than anything else.
In a news statement, He said,
“In these difficult circumstances, the US pressure on the Iranian people have been more inhumane than ever, and its continuation is a brutal crime against a great nation and all human principles and international regulations.”