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World Rouhani: U.S. has lost opportunity to lift Iran sanctions amid coronavirus

12:06  01 april  2020
12:06  01 april  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting of the Iranian government task force on the coronavirus , in Tehran. "It was a great opportunity for Americans to apologise and to lift the unjust and unfair sanctions on Iran ," Hassan Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

Iranian authorities have blamed U . S . sanctions for hampering its efforts to curb the outbreak and Rouhani has urged Americans to call on their government to lift sanctions as Iran fights the coronavirus . " U . S . is NOT listening, impeding global fight against #COVID19.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Wednesday the United States had missed a historic opportunity to lift sanctions on his country during the coronavirus outbreak, though he said the penalties had not hampered Tehran's fight against the infection.

Hassan Rouhani wearing a hat: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting of the Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, in Tehran © Reuters/OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL WEBSITE Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting of the Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, in Tehran

"It was a great opportunity for Americans to apologise ... and to lift the unjust and unfair sanctions on Iran," Hassan Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

"The sanctions have failed to hamper our efforts to fight against the coronavirus outbreak." 

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China on Monday urged the United States to lift sanctions on Iran immediately amid the Middle Eastern country' s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Iran said last week it had asked the International Monetary Fund for billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

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Friction between Tehran and Washington has increased since 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six nations and re-imposed sanctions, crippling its economy.

On Tuesday, U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the possibility that the United States might consider easing sanctions on Iran and other nations to help fight the coronavirus, but gave no concrete sign it plans to do so. 

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Andrew Cawthorne)

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