Taghrib News Agency (TNA) 24 Mar 2020 - 11:21 http://www.taghribnews.com/en/news/456205/iran-slams-washington-over-impeding-global-battle-against-coronavirus -------------------------------------------------- Title : Iran slams Washington over impeding global battle against coronavirus -------------------------------------------------- Iranian Foreign Minister has censured the United States for ignoring global calls for Washington to lift bans against the Islamic Republic amid battle against the new coronavirus pandemic. Text : Iranian people appreciate the growing global campaign of government and civil society leaders callingfor lifting of illegal US sanctions. US is NOT listening, impeding global fight against COVID-19, Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Monday. The ONLY remedy: DEFY US mass punishment, he added. Russia, China, Pakistan as well as different medical organizations and rightsgroups have urged the administration of US President Donald Trump to lift the sanctions against the IslamicRepublic. Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Monday that the total number of peopleinfected with the coronavirus had risen by 1,411 to 23,049 and the death toll from the virus had reached 1,812 in the past 24 hours. While the US administration claims there are no sanctions on medicine going to Iran, many banks andcompanies have refrained from taking part in any such ventures out of fear of getting caught up in USsecondary sanctions. Iran has called on the United Nations to urge the US to lift sanctions, and China andRussia have urged the US to do so as well, but Washington remainsobdurate in its "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran. The US issued a new set of sanctions on Wednesday, aimed at the transport of petrochemicals fromIran. In a message issued to the American people on Friday, Iran s President Hassan Rouhani said the "brutal" USsanctions unilaterally imposed on the Iranian nation are robbing a great number of Iranians of health,jobs and sources of income. "At a time that the Iranian people are harmed by both the deadly coronavirus and the mostbrutal form of US economic terrorism in history, the US government is not willing to abandon itsmalicious policy of maximum pressure; and is thus in practice aiding the spread of this virus with itssanctions," he said. Rouhani urged the American people not to allow the current administration s hostile attitude towardIran to tarnish history of their country. The US reinstated its sanctions against Iran in May 2018 after leaving a UN-endorsed nuclear agreementbetween Iran and the P5+1 group of world countries. Tehran sued Washington at the International Court of Justice afterwards and the tribunal ruled that the USshould lift its sanctions on humanitarian supplies.