TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that Tehran will add at least four institutes and 15 officials from the West to its “terrorist blacklist,” the details of which will be announced in the coming hours, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency .
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a visit to an institute in Tehran that supports epidermolysis bullosa (EB) patients.
These people and institutions have played a role in imposing medical sanctions on Iran and promoting “violence and extremism” that have caused insecurity in the country during recent unrest following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, Iran’s top diplomat said.
Some states have turned unilateral sanctions into a “modern tool” for systematic human rights violations, he added, noting that these countries “shed crocodile tears” after Amini’s death and sought to incite “riots and terror” in Iran by abusing Iran. people’s feelings.
More than 1,000 EB patients in Iran need a special dressing made by a Swedish company for their wounds, but could not get it because of US sanctions, said Amir-Abdollahian, adding that foreign ministers from Sweden and the US have simultaneously claimed that pharmaceuticals are not included in the sanctions against Iran.
US sanctions against Iran have intensified since 2018, the year Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Although the United States maintains that humanitarian items, including medicine and food, are not on the sanctions list, its embargoes on Iran’s oil exports and banking sector have effectively prevented the country from importing such goods.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said earlier that 480 thalassemia patients have died in Iran in the past four years due to the US sanctions, which prevented Iran from importing medicine for rare diseases.
In addition, 220 thalassemia patients may die this year from the same cause, while EB patients and those suffering from other rare diseases are also among the victims of the sanctions against Iran every year, he added in a tweet.