China urges US to lift sanctions on Iran amid Covid-19 response

Iranians, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020. — AFP pic
Iranians, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020. — AFP pic

BEIJING, March 16 — China today urged the United States to lift sanctions on Iran immediately amid the Middle Eastern country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The escalating outbreak in Iran — the worst-affected country in the Middle East — has killed 853 people and infected 14,991.

“Continued sanction on Iran was against humanitarianism and hampers Iran’s epidemic response & delivery of humanitarian aid by the UN and other organizations,” China’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a tweet.

US President Donald Trump unilaterally reimposed sanctions on Tehran’s petroleum exports in 2018 after withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Iran said last week it had asked the International Monetary Fund for US$5 billion (RM21.5 billion) in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak. — Reuters

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