Telling Lies Behind the Podium

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 16:34

Numerous US government officials have announced several times that are ready to help Iran to fight with new coronavirus but their claims did not last only for several hours and immediately, the real truth has proven their baseless sayings.

According to a report released by Etemaad Daily, Trump's comprehensive sanctions against Iran, which begun by the announcement of the United States and its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the "Iran nuclear deal" or the "Iran deal", on May 8, 2018, is not a new subject, and since last two years, Donald Trump's officials including, Mike Pompeo, Brian Hook, etc., have claimed that sending food and drugs are not among the list of imposed sanctions.

"Humanitarian Aids" is a title named by Trump to these products. However, what is increasingly highlighted the inhumane dimension of US sanctions these days is coronavirus outbreak in Iran which its management and control is significantly required high amount of test kits and medical equipment. In a condition that countries and international organizations are collaborating to overcome the situation, Iran, where is under the most severe sanctions, now has the highest coronavirus death toll outside of China.

It seems that China has been the only country that still doesn’t stop the process of sending diagnostic kits and experts to Iran. Since ten days ago, some news agency such as Reuters claimed that " U.S. grants sanctions waiver to ease humanitarian aid to Iran" and wrote that "the United States granted a license to allow for certain humanitarian trade transactions with Iran’s sanctioned central bank, a move it said was in step with the formalization of a Swiss humanitarian aid channel," which there is no evidence to support this.

Also U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States has offered to help with the coronavirus, “We have made offers to the Islamic Republic of Iran to help,” Pompeo said in a hearing at House Foreign Affairs Committee, but it does not share the necessary information with the US in this regard.

The U.S. claims that "a new Swiss payment mechanism has launched which allows humanitarian aid to be sent to Iran without falling foul of US sanctions," but this claim hasn’t been practically applied as well.

Humanitarian supplies are exempt from the US sanctions, but the measures have deterred several foreign banks from doing any business with Tehran.

The Swiss government said the new payment mechanism was aimed at ensuring that companies based in Switzerland had a "secure payment channel with a Swiss bank through which payments for their exports to Iran are guaranteed."

"In this way, Switzerland is helping to supply the Iranian population with agricultural commodities, food, medicines and medical equipment. This is in keeping with Switzerland's humanitarian tradition," it said.

Under the rules of the new mechanism, the US provides assurances that transactions are not violating sanctions, the Swiss government statement added.

Based on the evidences, despite the U.S. official's claims and the US Treasury Department which confirmed the completion of initial financial transactions through the new payment mechanism, also said they provided a "model for facilitating further humanitarian exports to Iran," U.S. government has obstructed the processes of transferring them to Iran through the Swiss channel, therefore, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said, " the U.S. even blocked the way to the purchase of medicine and medical equipment."

Earlier on February 29, Mousavi dismissed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claim about an offer to help Tehran fight the outbreak of coronavirus as "hypocritical" and politically-motivated, aimed at distracting the world public opinion.


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