Iran’s envoy at the United Nations has said that unilateral coercive measures such as sanctions are illegal, immoral, inhumane, war crime and crime against humanity.
Majid Takht Ravanchi, permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations, made the remark in a virtual meeting to review consequences of the unilateral measures against people of targeted countries, which was initiated by Iran and 9 other states.
The Iranian representative stated that the Islamic Republic has been severely affected by COVID-19 pandemic, but it is still suffering from long-term sanctions.
Certain Western states claim that there are exemptions for financial transactions, but in fact the exemptions are only on paper, he said, warning that such bans are threatening Iranians’ health, because medicine and medical equipment are not available due to inhumane sanctions.
The United States’ unilateral sanctions are affecting Iranians who are suffering from different diseases; thus, the number of death toll has been increased in Iran over the previous years, he noted.
The Iranian authorities face problems when it comes to procuring medicines in particular for patients with cancer and butterfly disease, he added.
According to the official, endangering people’s lives for political objectives is not only illegal, but also it is a war crime and crime against humanity, which should be addressed by international community.
“Morally, we are responsible to stand against sanctions and call for lifting of them,” Takht Ravanchi emphasized.
Source: Iranian Agencies