President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday the United States’ “anti-human rights” measures against Iran have hampered country’s efforts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Due to illegal and unilateral US sanctions, pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies are not be able to offer their products to Iran at the right time,” Rouhani told a video conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
“This anti-human rights action has prolonged the provision of medical supplies for Iran and sometimes has made it impossible,” he added.
Rouhani also said the US is “threatening multilateralism and international cooperation through its “unilateral” actions.
The Iranian chief executive blasted the US for undermining “the global fight” against the coronavirus pandemic by halting funds to the World Health Organization (WHO), calling it an “untimely and unjustifiable step.”
“The US government's hasty and irresponsible move to deprive the World Health Organization of the funds it needs should be seen as another strategic mistake that challenges the global joint combat against coronavirus,” Rouhani said.
Rouhani called for “bilateral and international cooperation” to counter common threats.
“The time has come for pressure, economic terrorism and military threats to be replaced with bilateral and international cooperation to combat real and common threats,” he said.
The president said Iran is ready to cooperate with all to find the vaccine and definitive cure for the virus.