News ID: 252395
Published: 0328 GMT May 05, 2019

Minister: US claim of not targeting Iran’s medicine sector a ‘big lie’

Minister: US claim of not targeting Iran’s medicine sector a ‘big lie’

Iranian Health Minister Saeid Namaki dismissed as “a big fat lie” the US administration’s claim that its sanctions have not targeted Iran’s health sector and imports of medicines.

Speaking to reporters in the northwestern city of Zanjan on Sunday, Namaki highlighted the problems facing the country in the area of pharmaceuticals and said, “The cruel US sanctions have targeted our country and people in all sectors,” Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The Americans’ claim that they did not impose sanctions on drugs and (medical) equipment is a big fat lie,” he added.

He added that the Americans have closed ways to transfer money for everything, even humanitarian assistance sent by compatriots living abroad.

Earlier this week, Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said the “inhumane” move by the US administration to impose severe sanctions on the Islamic Republic has put the health of Iranian people and regional nations at risk.  

Addressing the 7th World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2019 on the southern island of Kish last Monday, Jahangiri deplored Washington’s acts of sabotage against Iran’s medicine sector and said the US move to threaten international pharmaceutical companies not to cooperate with Iran has prevented the purchase and imports of needed medicines.

“We believe that given the role of Iran in providing a large part of the pharmaceutical needs of regional countries, the sanctions on Iran’s health sector is tantamount to sanctions on the health sectors of regional countries,” he said.




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