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US 'Help' To Virus-Stricken Iran Comes In The Form Of… More Sanctions Of Course!

“The Wuhan virus is a killer and the Iranian regime is an accomplice,” Pompeo said.

What does Washington do on the very day that a top Iranian health official predicted “millions” inside the country could die and pleaded for external help? Slap on some new sanctions and tighten the economic blockade further of course!

It appears the State Department is always ready and willing to set aside time for coming up with new creative ways to economically punish Tehran, widescale coronavirus panic and markets in free-fall notwithstanding:

Pompeo on Tuesday said the State Department is blacklisting nine entities based in South Africa, Hong Kong and China, as well as three Iranian individuals, for engaging in “significant transactions” to trade in Iranian petrochemicals.

While he did not name them, Pompeo said the step included blacklisting Iran’s armed forces social security investment company and its director for investing in sanctioned entities. 

This included sanctions and travel restrictions on five Iranian nuclear scientists to boot. 

Over the past month leaders in Tehran have been pleading for greater outside humanitarian assistance, while also consistently pointing out that the US sanctions regimen is making the pandemic worse, restricting the medicines and equipment crucial to both treating Covid-19 and mitigating the spread. 

Even as the world is in a crisis not seen since WWII, Trump and Pompeo’s “maximum pressure” campaign is on, apparently. And the Secretary of State’s rhetoric was more heated and insulting than ever, declaring “The Wuhan virus is a killer and the Iranian regime is an accomplice.”

“Instead of focusing on the needs of the Iranian people and accepting genuine offers of support, senior Iranians lied about the Wuhan virus outbreak for weeks,” Pompeo said in a press briefing at the Department of State.

“The Iranian leadership is trying to avoid responsibility for their grossly incompetent and deadly governments. The Wuhan virus is a killer and the Iranian regime is an accomplice,” he added.

This prompted a number of angry analysts and journalists to charge Pompeo with ‘weaponizing’ the deadly coronavirus:

The administration did last month unveil an initiative to open up the ability of Iran to obtain limited humanitarian supplies via Europe, but it’s unclear the degree to which this has actually helped common Iranians on the ground. 

Meanwhile, Iran on Wednesday reported a huge single-day jump in fatalities, reportedly the biggest within a single 24-hour period thus far in the country as another 147 people died. 

This brings the official death toll in Iran to 1,135 and a total of 17,361 confirmed cases, amid dire reports that “millions” are expected to be infected before the pandemic dissipates. 

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-help-virus-stricken-iran-comes-form-more-sanctions-course

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BobValdez
BobValdez
March 19, 2020

So, in return for such heartless sanctions, Iran should start sponsoring repeat attacks on us bases all over the ME. Hit them and keep hitting them, until they go home with their tails between their legs. If they dare retaliate, expand attacks to KSA, Israhell and other allies in the area. Maximum support for Iraq, it’s militias, Lebanon and Syria.

Olivia Kroth
March 19, 2020

This is a truly inhuman, monstrous policy!

Snow bunting
Snow bunting
March 19, 2020

Bewilderment at Pompeo’s remarks and the actions of the US can only be dissipated with the acceptance of a hard truth. The US places only strategic value on human lives. That is, human life holds no intrinsic value for them. Evidence for this remark comes in the form of an examination of US foreign policy since, and inclusive of WWII – ( use of atomic weapons in Japan. )

paul
March 19, 2020

I hope that millions are infected in America and millions die.
I really do.
Sub human scum sucking filth like Trump and Pompeo like dishing it out.
Let’s see how good they are at taking it.

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