“Steven Mnuchin (the US secretary of the treasury) stated (that) sanctions are the alternative to war! Truth is (that) “Sanctions” are the war itself,” Mousavi wrote on his twitter page on Monday.
“It is indeed the economic war and worse than that, the economic terrorism which unfairly targets civilians, specially children, the elderly and the sick,” he added.
In relevant remarks in November, Iranian Vice-President and Head of the Management and Planning Organization (MPO) Mohammad Baqer Nobakht lashed out at Washington’s economic terrorism against his country, reminding that Tehran is facing hardships to import needed food and medication at the same time that it is banned from selling oil.
Nobakht said that the US had created obstacles for import of food and medicines, adding that they had attempted to prevent export of a single barrel of oil as well.
Also, early in December, Head of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) and Deputy Health Minister Mohammadreza Shanehsaz said that Washington’s sanctions and the recent warning issued by the US Treasury Department was meant to be a coup against the Iranian patients, particularly those with special needs.
“They have declared in the letter that they will provide a special line to supply drugs and medical equipment but they use policing methods to threaten the pharmaceutical companies that in case of providing Iran with medicine and medical equipment, they will not be allowed to export to the EU and the US,” Shanehsaz told FNA.
He added that the US measures have created problems for Iran in supplying drugs to the special patients.