New York (IP) - Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations said Switzerland's humanitarian channel known as Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA) is insufficient to meet Iran's needs.

Iran PressAmerica: Speaking on Saturday evening at the International Webinar of "US, Sanctions, COVID-19, A Global Threat", Majid Takht-Ravanchi referred to the SHTA and considered the channel insufficient to meet Iran's needs, adding: "The US Treasury Department's requirement to issue licenses to companies applying for the channel is so strict that it is difficult to trade in this way."

The Iranian diplomat referred to the continuation of four decades of inhumane US sanctions against Iran and explained the devastating effects of these sanctions on Iran's fight against coronavirus.

He said all humanity are on a united front in the fight against coronavirus, adding that any restriction on the ability of countries to do so would undermine global efforts to contain the disease.

Noting that Iran has had one of the largest outbreaks of the coronavirus, Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations said the US unilateral sanctions have weakened efforts to fight the disease, adding that sanctions, like the fifth column of the enemy in the middle of the war, will hurt countries.

Rejecting claims by US officials that human and medical exchanges were exempt from sanctions, he said it was "practically impossible" to do so.

Takht-Ravanchi also referred to the widespread economic and human losses of coronavirus in Iran and other countries and called on the immediate lifting of all banking, insurance, transportation, medical, industrial, export, import, and other sanctions to help the affected countries.

The webinar was delivered by the Ambassadors of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Nicaragua to the United Nations and held by the NGO "Sanctions are Deadly" via video conferencing.

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