TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani named the US as the worst violator of human rights as it has blocked Tehran’s access to the much needed anti-coronavirus drugs, and trades arms to Saudi Arabia to make itself a partner in the massacre of the Yemeni people.
“The biggest violation of human rights is the US’ prevention of Iran’s supply of the needed drugs and equipment for a more effective campaign against the coronavirus, arms sales to certain regional states to kill the Yemeni people or the US police’s crimes against the people of color,” President Rouhani said at a meeting with new Danish ambassador to Tehran on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, he underlined Iran’s preparedness to expand trade, economic and technological relations with Denmark.
The Danish envoy, for his part, said that Copenhagen is highly keen to develop ties and cooperation with Iran in the economic, scientific and trade sectors.
The Iranian foreign ministry has declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
Rouhani on September 12 blasted the US administration for blocking the country’s efforts to receive loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fight against coronavirus, saying that the American officials have forgotten humanity.
“We demanded the IMF for $5bln to assist us during the coronavirus outbreak for vaccine and medicine; all parties have voiced their agreement, but the US does not allow us to take the loan. They have distanced themselves from humanity to such an extent,” Rouhani said.
He added that even the friendly states whose banks are holding Iran’s money have been pressured by the US not to provide the country with access to its assets.
“History has not witnessed such a crime, as you may not find any other country that cannot withdraw money from foreign banks to purchase and import medicine for its people,” Rouhani said.
He, meantime, said that the Americans are angry with the Iranian government’s appropriate management of the coronavirus outbreak despite the harshest-ever sanctions imposed on the country.