News ID: 269144
Published: 0241 GMT May 16, 2020

China: US sanctions exacerbating humanitarian crises in Iran, Venezuela

China: US sanctions exacerbating humanitarian crises in Iran, Venezuela

China’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Vienna Wang Qun accused Washington of exacerbating humanitarian crises in countries such as Iran and Venezuela with new “long-arm extra-territorial sanctions,” which were also distorting global oil supply and further destabilizing West Asia.

China’s envoy made the harsh remarks at a meeting with officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), headquartered in Vienna, according to Reuters.

The oil sectors of Iran and Venezuela – OPEC members deeply at odds with the United States – are under tough US sanctions.

The United States withdrew from the international nuclear deal with Tehran in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at forcing it to renegotiate a new deal that addresses its ballistic missile program and regional influence as well.

Washington has also imposed sanctions on Venezuela as part of the US administration’ efforts to oust the president of the South American country, Nicolas Maduro.

The Chinese official also accused the US of undermining the global economy by building trade barriers and artificially prolonging the global coronavirus pandemic by halting funding to the World Health Organization.

Wang also said Washington was jeopardizing the global economic recovery with the slapping of arbitrary tariffs which have provoked trade frictions and disputes.

Such policy measures would drastically reduce the volume of international trade and disrupt the free movement of global commodities, personnel and services, Wang said.



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