Cruel US sanctions

Iran's Azadi (Freedom) Tower is lit up with flags and messages of hope in solidarity with all the countries affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Tehran on March 31, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

The coronavirus and its aftermath has become the latest battlefield between Iran and the US. Washington is trying to use the crisis to exert more pressure on Tehran.

Iran has submitted a request for a $ 5 billion emergency loan, which it needs to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Tehran has required that the loan be provided under the International Monetary Fund’s Rapid Financing Instrument, a mechanism which is available to all member states facing an urgent balance of payments need. This would be Iran’s first loan since 1962.

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