(March 30, 2020 / JNS) The United States will not provide sanctions relief to Iran amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report on Friday in Middle Eastern Eye (citing “sources”), the United States had “agreed to grant sanctions waivers to some countries allowing them to release frozen Iranian assets in order to help Tehran buy medicine and equipment to fight the coronavirus.”
A U.S. State Department official told The Washington Free Beacon, “These reports are inaccurate.”
“Despite the regime’s disinformation, the truth is that it already has funds available to it to spend on humanitarian trade that would benefit the Iranian people,” continued the official. “Instead, it chooses to spend this money on terrorism and proxy groups. The Iranian people deserve better.”
Humanitarian relief for Iran is exempted from U.S. sanctions and such relief channels, providing medicine and other much-needed items, have been available to the regime.
As of Monday, some 41,495 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Iran with 2,757 deaths.
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