Washington’s cruel unilateral sanctions on Tehran are a major hinderance to Iran’s attempts to tackle the dangerous coronavirus, said the Iranian foreign minister.
The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, first emerged late last year in China, and is now spreading across Europe and the Middle East.
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the point on Sunday in a telephone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, about the spread of coronavirus in the region and the world, and the need for joint cooperation between all countries to contain the pandemic, local media sources reported.
The Iranian minister has stressed that this difficult stage would move Iran and the world through.
He also appreciated the support provided to Iran by the Azerbaijani Government and citizens.
According to the latest statistics, the outbreak has infected over 162,000 people worldwide, killing more than 6,000. The disease has killed 724 people in Iran so far, and infected 13,938 others. 4,590 people have recovered.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, signed in July 2015 between Iran and the P5 + 1, and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran from Washington.
The sanctions created problems with the supply of international humanitarian assistance, drugs and medical equipment to Iran.