“I don't think any country has ever imposed sanctions on any nation’s medicine (imports other than the US),” Rouhani said in a speech in Tehran on Wednesday evening.
“Americans are lying (when they say) they have not sanctioned medicine,” he said, adding, “When they impose sanctions on banks and create problems for our sales and export routes, this means that America is committing a terrorist act against Iran.”
“Today, America is not the enemy of a government…,” the president stated, adding that the US government is a terrorist today and is committing an act of terrorism by imposing sanctions on a great nation to which the world is indebted for its services in science over the past centuries.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said on Monday that a Swiss humanitarian channel recently launched for exporting food and medicine to Iran proves that the products have been sanctioned by the US.
“In spite of the US’ false claims that medicines and foodstuffs are not sanctioned, they (US officials) have practically blocked all ways to make bank transactions in this area,” Mousavi said on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
The humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran has started trial operations, the Swiss and US governments said last Thursday.
The Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA) seeks to ensure that Swiss-based exporters and trading companies in the food, pharmaceutical, and medical sectors have a secure payment channel with a Swiss bank through which payments for their exports to Iran are guaranteed, a government statement said.
The remarks come against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US with Washington imposing new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The US has ratcheted up pressure on Iran since May 2018 after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).