Tehran (IP) - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani says the US opposition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) emergency loan to Iran to fight coronavirus is a real example of crime against humanity.

Iran Press/Iran news: Shamkhani wrote on his Twitter page, "Sanctions on health items are an illegal, inhumane act and Trump's flagrant enmity with the Iranian people."

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on March 12 that Kristalina Georgieva Managing Director of the IMF had said that the IMF supports countries affected by the coronavirus through immediate financial channels and CBI has requested immediate access to that."

Last month, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) asked the IMF for $5 billion emergency funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the US sanctions and pressure, billions of dollars of Iran’s oil money and other funds are held up in several countries at a time when they are urgently needed to fight the novel coronavirus.

The past week on March 27, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati said the efforts to unfreezing Iran's assets abroad and getting a loan from International Monetary Fund are on the positive track.

Efforts for swiftly obtaining a loan from the International Monetary Fund, as Iran’s legitimate and absolute right, and unfreezing of the CBI’s foreign currency funds that have been blocked illegally under the US government’s pressure are both on positive tracks, Hemmati wrote in an Instagram post.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the Coronavirus outbreak repeatedly called on the international community "to stop observing the bully's sanctions," described it as a "moral imperative."

While international organizations and various countries emphasize the need to cooperate with Iran to contain Coronavirus, the US Secretary of State said that the maximum pressure on Iran will continue.

Despite the US claims that the medicine is not sanctioned, its inhumane sanctions have prevented Iran from accessing medicines and healthcare items to prevent the coronavirus outbreak and improve the corona-infected patients.


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