Iran president credits foreign ministry for campaign to lift sanctions

Iran president credits foreign ministry for campaign to lift sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised Wednesday a campaign calling for US sanctions against the Islamic Republic to be lifted amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the foreign ministry was the entity that launched it.

The campaign was launched by the Washington-based NGO National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and a group of Iranian Americans – but Rouhani credited his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“The foreign ministry has launched a very good movement to influence public opinion to say no to sanctions,” President Rouhani said on Wednesday.

“The goal is to release our frozen funds in various countries, and good steps are being taken in this regard,” Rouhani added.

NIAC has been repeatedly accused of lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime, working against the interests of the Iranian diaspora in the US whom it claims to represent, and coordinating with Zarif.

Coronavirus has killed 2,378 and infected at least 32,332 in Iran as of Friday.

Nine Members of Congress, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Ilhan Omar, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren have also signed a letter asking President Donald Trump’s administration to lift sanctions on Iran as the country grapples with the pandemic.

Using coronavirus to lift sanctions

Iranian Americans opposing the Islamic Republic have responded by pointing out that sanctions against the regime do not target import of humanitarian aid into Iran, and that sanctions relief will only strengthen the regime, rather than help ordinary Iranians.

“The Islamic Republic is using the deaths from coronavirus as a pretext to break sanctions and get cash – not medicine – to send to Hamas, Hezbollah, and Bashar al-Assad,” US-based Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad tweeted.

Masih Alinejad ?️


Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran kicked out the @MSF doctors in Iran, claiming that they were spies.

Yesterday, Khamenei also admitted that he refused Americans’ medical help numerous times

How else can one tell the world that Iranians have been taken hostage by this regime?

Masih Alinejad ?️


Islamic Republic is using the deaths from as a pretext to break sanctions and get cash – not medicine – to send to Hamas, Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad.
It breaks my heart that Lobby uses false narrative to spin a web of lies about situation in

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Iranian American activist Reza Behrouz posted a video on Twitter explaining why he opposes easing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“Sanctions have had zero role in the outbreak of COVID-19 in Iran … the outbreak was entirely a consequence of the regime’s malign incompetence and criminal negligence,” Behrouz said.

Reza Behrouz@RBehrouzDO

I encourage all Iranians and -Americans to do the same: record + post your video/voice and reach out to your state representative to expose @NIACouncil’s scheme to procure cash for the regime on the pretense of fighting .

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High ranking Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and head of the IRGC Hossein Salami have recently said that they will not accept any US help to combat coronavirus.

Iran also expelled on Tuesday a team of doctors from international humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), who came to the country to treat coronavirus patients, and rejected their plan to set up a field hospital in Isfahan, one of the country’s worst-hit provinces.

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