İrem UZUN -TDO- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani denounced the U.S. government’s opposition to an IMF loan for Iran as a crime against humanity, saying the U.S. president is more dangerous than the coronavirus.
Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani accused the U.S. government of opposing efforts by the International Monetary Fund to assist Iran during the pandemic. "The sanction on health items is an illegal and inhumane act and a symbol of Trump's open hostility to the Iranian people," Shamkhani wrote from his Twitter account.
His comments came after the U.S. government refused to lift sanctions on Iran and even tightened them several times in recent weeks amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Over the last month, as the virus spread rapidly in Iran, the U.S. repeatedly tightened sanctions designed to choke off Tehran's crucial oil exports. On March 26, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on 20 Iranian people and companies accused of supporting a Shia militia in Iraq, which is believed to be responsible for attacks on bases where the U.S. forces are located. Iran had applied for a $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund in March.
Trump on Friday said he would have a "moral responsibility" to help Iran in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic if leaders of the country asked for assistance. "Well they haven't even asked us to do that," said Trump when asked if the United States would consider easing sanctions on Iran in light of the global outbreak. "If they want to meet, we'd love to meet and we'd settle the whole thing out," he added.