Iran defends its virus response, citing economic concerns

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Iran's president lashes out at criticism of its lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East as a “political war,” saying he had to weigh protecting the economy while tackling the pandemic.

A member of the Iranian army walks past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

“Health is a principle for us, but the production and security of society is also a principle for us,” Rouhani said at a Cabinet meeting. “We must put these principles together to reach a final decision.”Even before the pandemic, Rouhani was under fire for the unraveling of the 2015 nuclear deal he concluded with the United States and other world powers. President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S.

In recent days, Iran has ordered the closure of nonessential businesses and banned travel between cities. But those measures came long after other countries in the region imposed more sweeping lockdowns. Many Iranians are still flouting orders to stay home in what could reflect widespread distrust of authorities.

The tiny, energy-rich nation said it flew 31 Bahrainis stranded in Iran into Doha on a state-run Qatar Airways flight. But since Bahrain is one of four Arab countries that have been boycotting Qatar in a political dispute since 2017, Doha said it could not fly the 31 onward to the island kingdom. In Egypt, at least 1,200 Sudanese are stranded at the border after Sudan closed all its crossings, according to Egyptian officials at one of the crossings. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.


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Associate_Press 'Iran's regime has deliberately brought coronavirus in', Iranians say,'with intent to make people more involve with a new crisis so they may forget regime's crimes of November killings & hitting the Ukrainian passenger jet as well as to coverup own corruption & incompetence'.

Lots of terrorists are getting pay cuts recently.

A lot of people just didn’t get it. Didn’t understand the danger. Only Asia has had several direct experiences with the extreme danger ofthese viruses. That’s why so many people in Asia wear masks a lot-someAsian Americans will don them anytime they’re ill-much previous to this

So death over $ .. either way it’s in shambles. These world leaders have blood in their hands. We need to take his moment as a people and rearrange power structure.

They should have saved those billions Obama gave them. Sorry this is happening to you AP. Not only are you propaganda for China, now add Iran to the list.

The regime in Iran's economy means their own pockets.

Almost all nations worldwide, including the USA, are more concerned with the economy than the lives of their citizens. The economy comes first not human suffering or human loss of lives. Iran is not alone in this regard.

Are you sure you aren’t confusing one evil with another?

That sounds shockingly familiar. I wonder why.

dealing with the outbreak *is* protecting the economy, as every country will eventually come around to realizing.

Sound idiotically familiar. realDonaldTrump IvankaTrump Mike_Pence JoeBiden

If they were only saying the truth about the numbers of deaths

He and ScottMorrisonMP went to the same empathy class.

Now Trump will find common ground with another dictator. Trump feels constrained by ‘ethics’ he disagrees with, the same ethics which Iran’s President feels free to ignore. Who knows, maybe this will lead to a true peace between the two countries once the virus passes.

You all only must be after him and annoying him Why can't you let Iran be!? Don't you have enough and more to worry about in NYC !?

Countries with scenes similar to this image had similarly disastrous medical sites

Now we know where Trump takes his policy cues from.

The root of all evil is money

What economy?

Money is so much more important than people.

Obviously some tRUMP pillow talk going on.

Bit of a lame excuse. All the western countries have trashed their economies to tackle the pandemic.

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