Trump Regime to Ease Illegal Sanctions on Iran?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Illegally imposed US sanctions are all about wanting to crush economies of targeted nations and impose maximum pain and suffering on their people.
On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted the following:
“#Covid19 ravages the world, sparing no nation. Even the world’s largest economy needs others to help it fight the pandemic, yet refuses to halt its #EconomicTerrorism against Iran.”
“Does the US want a ‘forever pandemic?’ Moral imperative to stop observing the bully’s sanctions.”
Iranian academic Mohammad Marandi stressed that Trump regime “sanctions are an attempt to intensify the pressure at a time when Iran is facing a major challenge through the coronavirus.”
“The belief here is that the Americans want the coronavirus to spread as much as possible in Iran and to make the health care system and the hospitals in the country overwhelmed by patients, in order to maximize suffering so that they can get concessions from Iran.”
“(T)his is a crime against humanity, and it’s something almost unprecedented in human history.”
Nine congressional members wrote Pompeo, urging the Trump regime to ease sanctions on Iran, saying:
“Rather than continue to pile on sanctions in the Iranian people’s hour of need, we urge you to substantially suspend sanctions on Iran in a humanitarian gesture to the Iranian people to better enable them to fight the virus.”
“Sanctions relief should encompass major sectors of the Iranian economy, including those impacting civilian industries, Iran’s banking sector and exports of oil, and should last for at least as long as health experts believe the crisis will continue.”
“Failure to do so risks inhibiting the delivery of key humanitarian goods, and putting the Iranian people into further health and economic peril.”
An “80 hours for 80 million lives” campaign was launched, urging people to bombard the Trump regime’s Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control with demands to end illegal sanctions.
A separate “Twitter storm” has the same objective under the hashtag #EndCOVIDSanctions.
On Saturday, Iranian President Rouhani said his government allocated one-fifth of this year’s budget to combating COVID-19.
“It might be surprising for the world (to see) how a country under sanctions has managed to have well-equipped hospitals and spirited medics and nurses,” he added.
On Saturday, the number of infections in Iran reached 35,408. “(O)ur doctors and nurses are ready for a possible spike” in cases, Rouhani stressed.
Unlike the US, Iran is covering 90% of COVID-19 related costs for its people.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “(t)he serious situation in Iran regarding the coronavirus is largely a manufactured situation stemming from Washington’s unilateral sanctions.”
Instead of easing sanctions, the Trump regime piled on more — how it operates against all sovereign states it doesn’t control, one of many examples of its unparalleled villainy.
Nations observing its illegal sanctions are complicit in its high crimes against humanity.
According to the Middle East Eye (MEE) on Friday, the Trump regime “agreed to grant sanctions waivers to some countries, allowing them to release frozen Iranian assets to help Tehran buy medicine and equipment to fight the coronavirus outbreak,” citing unnamed sources, adding:
The State Department “dismissed that account…after the US Treasury had on Thursday imposed new sanctions, targeting individuals and companies it accused of having links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).”
“Still, a senior source in Tehran told MEE that the US has agreed in recent days to grant waivers allowing some countries to release Iranian assets without facing punitive measures.”
There’s no deal between the Trump regime and Iran. If the above information is accurate, it’s unclear what countries got a sanctions waiver.
Illegal US sanctions on Iran and other countries would be a mute point if the world community united against them, refusing to obey them, choosing instead to have normal relations with nations that threaten no others.
That’s the way to eliminate US use of sanctions on targeted nations as a banned weapon of war by other means.
Russia, China, Britain and Pakistan called for the Trump regime to ease sanctions on Iran.
Governor of Iran’s central bank Abdul-Naser Hemmati said “(w)e have been informed that financial resources frozen due to US pressure may be released,” Iran’s IRNA news agency reported.
An unnamed Western diplomat said there’s “a lot of pressure right now to help Iran in this difficult situation.”
Given a public health emergency in Iran, now is the time for the world community of nations to help the Islamic Republic and other countries contain COVID-19 outbreaks and provide medical care for its victims.
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