Zarif calls on Japan to ramp up efforts against anti-Iran sanctions

Zarif calls on Japan to ramp up efforts against anti-Iran sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that U.S. sanctions were "impairing" Iran's ability to fight the COVID-19 disease.

"At the very time Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq are killing Americans and Brits and others, this would be exactly the wrong time to be providing any kind of economic relief to the regime", he said, referring to last week's attack on a military camp in Iraq that killed one British and two US personnel.

Khamenei issued a religious edict this week prohibiting all unnecessary travel and authorities have restricted travel between cities.

The latest toll was a daily record for Iran, where the overall toll of 1,284 dead makes it one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic.

"Considering this information, make a conscious decision concerning travel, days out and family visits during Nowruz", the Persian New Year holiday, he said.

That's even as the death toll in Iran saw another 13 percent increase on Tuesday.

On Thursday, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour announced 149 new deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and another 1,046 cases.

The Iranian state TV journalist, Dr Afruz Eslami, cited a study by Tehran's Sharif University of Technology, which offered three scenarios.

The Iranian government and people have been deprived of financial resources and imported goods, it said, adding that Iran is taking measures to curb the spread of the novel infection.

"Iran, today, is the most intensely sanctioned country in history, not in line with United Nations decisions, but contrary to them", added the minister, deploring the social and economic consequences of the American sanctions.

Most people who come down with the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus experience only minor symptoms and recover within weeks.

But footage aired by state television showed hundreds of vehicles pouring out of Tehran on Thursday evening.

The unveiling was announced Wednesday, March 17, on an Iranian government website. That anxious health officials, who for weeks ordered Iran's Shi'ite clergy to close them. "We had no delay", Rouhani said.

Police later dispersed the crowds, state media reported.

Adelkhah had been arrested on espionage charges, and while those charges were later dropped, security-related charges remain against her. Iran does not recognize dual nationality for its citizens. "Unfortunately, some people have not taken seriously how unsafe the coronavirus is".

"So far, some 85,000 prisoners have been released". It said he had been in jail in France for more than a year.

Tehran has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for $5 billion in emergency funding to deal with the pandemic, which according to Iranian officials is killing six people every hour in the country.

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