Eight Countries Under Unilateral Sanctions Ask UN Chief For Help

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United Nations — Eight countries under unilateral sanctions, mainly from the United States and European Union, urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to request the immediate and complete lifting of those measures to enable the nations to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint letter obtained by The Associated Press, the ambassadors from China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Nicaragua, Russia, Syria and Venezuela urged the U.N. chief to “reject the politicization of such a pandemic.”

The ambassadors, who said they were under instructions from their foreign ministers, did not name any countries responsible for what they called “illegal, coercive measures of economic pressure.” But the United States has imposed sanctions on all of the nations except China and the European Union has imposed sanctions on all but Cuba.

In a speech to the Group of 20 major industrialized nations on Thursday, Secretary-General Guterres appealed “for the waiving of sanctions that can undermine countries’ capacity to respond to the pandemic.”

The ambassadors said their governments have “the political and moral will” to gear up to fight the pandemic, but they said “this is a hard — if not impossible — deed” for countries facing sanctions.

The eight countries said efforts to combat COVID-19 are hindered by “the destructive impact” of sanctions nationally, “plus their extraterritorial implications, together with the phenomena of over-compliance and the fear for `secondary sanctions,’” which impede governments from regularly accessing the international financial system or trading freely to procure medical equipment and supplies including testing kits for the virus.

The ambassadors noted that U.N. independent experts have concluded that unilateral sanctions affect over a third of the world’s population.

Iran is one of the countries hardest-hit by the new virus, representing eight of 10 cases of the virus in the Mideast, and those leaving the Islamic Republic have carried the virus to other countries. U.S. sanctions have made it more difficult for Iran to access the global market and international firms remain leery of deals with Tehran, even those for humanitarian purposes.

On Sunday, Iran’s supreme leader refused U.S. assistance to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the virus could be man-made by America.

  • The entire planet is rapidly loosing all respect for the USA since it continues its genocidal mania while China / Cuba / Russia are an enormous help in dealing with the corona virus in several nations. The different approaches of each nation to this pandemic couldn’t be more stark and opposite. This is why all countries will do what they can henceforth to disconnect and isolate the USA asap. The USA deserves to die, one way or another, and re-start a government in this territory that is perhaps a parliamentary system. Or better, the USA needs to be destroyed and replaced with several smaller nations in this territory presently occupied by 48 states.

  • mwildfire

    Dream on. It would be NICE if this were the outcome. But the rest of the world has not been fooled about what the US is, all along–it’s all about power, and the criminal cabal in Washington still commands that.

  • Nylene13

    The United Nations should have the power it was created to have. The United Nations should not be located in New York City.

    I vote for Iceland.

    Cuba would be good!