Iranian Foreign Minister threatens the United States with an “eternal pandemic” because of sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for a halt to Washington`s sanctions, wondering if the U.S., which itself needs help in fighting the spread of coronavirus, wants an “eternal pandemic.

The U.S. expanded sanctions lists for Iran Thursday, adding five organizations and 15 individuals. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, in particular, we are talking about organizations in Iran and Iraq, connected, according to the U.S. authorities, with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, part of the Iranian armed forces) or people from the list.

“COVID-19 is rampant in the world, sparing no country. Even the world’s largest economy needs the help of others to fight the pandemic but refuses to stop its economic terrorism against Iran. Does the U.S. really want an “eternal pandemic”?” Zarif tweeted, noting that it is “a moral obligation” to stop following Washington`s sanctions.

The head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry covered the headline of the article, which appeared earlier in the American edition of the Wall Street Journal. It said that U.S. President Donald Trump called his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In to find out if South Korea could send the U.S. medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus.

South Korean President Moon Jae In and U.S. President Donald Trump earlier by phone exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in the fight against coronavirus. The call was the first for the two leaders in 2020. As reported by the administration of the President of South Korea, the conversation began at “urgent request Trump” at 22.00 on Tuesday and lasted 23 minutes.

On 11 March, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 416 thousand people are already infected in the world, over 18 thousand have died.