The Iranian ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva stated that US illegal sanctions against Iran and the deprivation of innocent people of access to medical equipment are clear examples of crime against humanity.

Iran PressEurope: In a letter to Tedros Adhanom, ِِDirector General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva Esmaeil Baqaei Hamaneh on Friday described the US government as an accomplice of the Coronavirus in killing people, noting, US sanctions have blocked Iran's banking transactions with other countries, including the purchase of goods needed by the country's medical system to fight the Coronavirus. 

Recalling the recent stance of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that 'now is the time for solidarity, not isolation' Baqaei called on the lifting of sanctions against some countries in order to ensure access to medicine and medical equipment.

He further noted that the escalation of US economic and banking restrictions on Iran during the spread of the Corona epidemic in the world is an international wrongdoing.

The Iranian diplomat also called on the international community to respond to US sanctions, which are an unprecedented threat to global public health, and to warn US officials of these illegal actions.

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