ID : N-3951 Date : 2019/01/09 - 12:02
(Persia Digest) – The Managing director of Iran Hemophilia Center has said: “Trump has deprived patients of medication and basic demands by sanctioning Iran. Those who impose such cruel sanctions are war criminals.”
Addressing a local gathering on how sanctions have affected the health of Iranians, Ahmad Ghavidel said: “Sanctioning means war but with no rules. All we want is to set some rules for sanctioning so that it can hurt no one.”
He said: “The US lies when it says medicines are not under sanctions. They have to be accountable. Countries who have pharmaceutical agents in Iran are active in the country but banking sanctions are so tough that banks cannot transfer any money.”
Ghavidel noted: “Lawyers can help set some rules for sanctioning. We can’t just wait for the patient to die; but rather we have to do something.”
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Another speaker of the gathering was Hamidreza Hashemi Golpaigani, chairman of Iran EB Patients Association, who said: “The Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) patients have no wound dressing since May 2018 and we can’t tell them that we are sanctioned.”
Also addressing the event was the managing director of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) who said: “The US has become so flgrant that it has even threatened pharmaceutical companies working with Iran that they cannot work in the US market. This is beyond sanctioning.”
Mohammad Abdehzadeh added: “when Iran’s Central Bank is sanctioned, no other banks will accept money from Iran, even if we have enough foreign currency.”
He said: “Currently no money can be transferred from Iran and that is why medicines are so expensive.”
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Persia Digest (PD) reported that, after its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA nuclear deal, the US has imposed severe sanctions on Iran. Although the US authorities claim that the sanctions are not against the Iranian people and do not include foods and drugs, financial and banking sanctions have inflicted most damages on all Iranians, and sickpatients in particular.
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