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Iran hits out at U.S. as virus death toll passes 3,000

'This was the best, historic opportunity for the Americans to reverse their wrong path and for once, tell their nation they are not against the Iranian people,' says President Hassan Rouhani

4/1/2020 6:02:00 PM

'This was the best, historic opportunity for the Americans to reverse their wrong path and for once, tell their nation they are not against the Iran ian people,' says President Hassan Rouhani. coronavirus

'This was the best, historic opportunity for the Americans to reverse their wrong path and for once, tell their nation they are not against the Iran ian people,' says President Hassan Rouhani

Updated 8:43 PM, April 01, 2020ROUHANI. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on March 25, 2020, shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking during a cabinet session in the capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCYTEHRAN, Iran – Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has passed 3,000, the health ministry said on Wednesday, April 1, as President Hassan Rouhani accused Washington of missing a"historic opportunity" to lift sanctions.

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Tensions between the arch-foes have soared since President Donald Trump abandoned a landmark nuclear agreement in 2018 and reimposed sweeping sanctions.Tehran has repeatedly called on Washington to reverse its policy, which has been opposed by US allies, particularly

since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the coronavirus death toll in Iran now stood at 3,036 following 138 new fatalities in the past 24 hours.He added that 2,987 new cases had been confirmed, bringing the total to 47,593, with 15,473 of those hospitalized having recovered and been discharged.

"This was the best, historic opportunity for the Americans to reverse their wrong path and for once, tell their nation they are not against the Iranian people," Rouhani said in televised comments at a cabinet meeting.They"did not learn their lesson even during this difficult global situation," he said.

"This was a humanitarian issue. No one would have blamed them for retreating."Medicines and medical equipment are technically exempt from the US sanctions but purchases are frequently blocked by the unwillingness of banks to process purchases for fear of incurring large penalties in the United States.

Countries including Azerbaijan, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have all sentshipments of medical aidto Iran.European nations have also delivered medical goods to Iran in the first transaction under the Instex financing mechanism set up to get round US sanctions, Germany said on Tuesday, March 31.

It is more than a year since Britain, France and Germany announced the creation of Instex, a delay that has prompted Iran to question European governments' commitment to seeing it through in defiance of the Trump administration. – Read more: Rappler »

A prime example of America's failed foreign policy. They could have gone out of their way to show that they are a friend of the Iranian people. Instead, they opt to alienate a moderate population and drove them to sympathize with their radical government. Sad! E kayo ang mga sira-ulo!

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