Moscow (IP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview with Russia Today published on Sunday said that whatever the Americans are saying about their sanctions not affecting humanitarian items, it’s just a lie, adding it’s basically medical terrorism.

Iran Press/Iran News: Iran's senior diplomat said: "Washington’s efforts to stop Tehran from exporting oil have limited the government’s ability to respond to the global health crisis and provide relief to the Iranian people."

Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity of all the states' cooperation to counter this unknown virus, Zarif went on to stress that Iran also has “quite a bit of money,” but that the US has prevented Tehran from gaining access to these funds, even to buy medicine.

Zarif stressed that due to US sanctions, Iran could not use its “own money” to ensure access to coronavirus vaccines under development so that Iran cannot even purchase doses of influenza vaccine.

Regarding US efforts to extend Iran's arms embargo, Iran's foreign minister added: "The opposition of the UN Security Council members to Washington was a major diplomatic failure for the United States, which is not only an important achievement for Iran but also for the international community and the rule of law."

In response to a question about the recent agreement between Israel and Bahrain on the normalization of ties, the Iranian foreign minister said: "There has been a mysterious relationship between Israel and the UAE for many years, and now these relations are aimed at helping Donald Trump in the presidential election which has been made public.

The head of Iran's diplomatic apparatus noted that the Persian Gulf states are seeking to buy security and do not support the Palestinian cause, adding that they must rely on their people for legitimacy and their neighbors for security.


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