U.S. Ramps Up Sanctions on Iran while Providing Medicine

(New York Times) Lara Jakes - The U.S. on Thursday piled new economic sanctions on Iran, but also opened access to medicine for cancer and organ transplant patients. The medicines are being sent to Iran through businesses in Switzerland, said Brian Hook, the State Department's special envoy for Iran policy. Hook accused Iran's government of diverting millions of dollars for medical supplies to buy items like electrical cable and tobacco products. In other cases, he said, Tehran sold medicines on the black market and used the profits to fund its military proxies in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. "The Iranian people know that their regime, not American sanctions, are to blame for their difficulties getting medical supplies," he said.

2020-01-31 00:00:00

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