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Iran blames US for blocking humanitarian aid for flood-hit victims
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Iran blames US for blocking humanitarian aid for flood-hit victims

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Tehran, Apr 8 : An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has blasted the US for preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the flooded areas in Iran, stressing that Washington should account for related problems posed to the flood-hit people.

Arabic-language al-Ahd news quoted foreign minister Bahram Qassemi saying said, "In the recent floods in different parts of Iran which resulted in much damage and killed 70 people, the US has unfortunately adopted measures in violation of all international norms and blocked all accounts of Iran's Red Crescent Society."

He added that the US has blocked humanitarian aid sent by Iranian expatriates and other countries to the flood-stricken people in Iran, the Fars News Agency reported. "The US administration is responsible for the negative impacts of the recent destructive floods in Iran," Qassemi underscored, adding that such actions against humanitarian aid is not acceptable and were unprecedented even during big wars.

In relevant remarks earlier today, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami underlined that Washington showed its animosity towards the flood-stricken people in Iran by blocking the Red Cross' humanitarian aid. "They demonstrated again their malignancy and the depth of their hostility towards the great nation of Islamic Iran and proved that they not only have a problem with the Islamic Republic but also prevent dispatch of the most basic necessary goods to save the flood-stricken people, despite their media propaganda," General Hatami said, addressing the defense ministry personnel in Tehran on Sunday.

He added that the defense ministry would use all its technical, engineering and human resources capacities to help the people damaged by the recent floods. "We will remain beside the dear people in flood-hit areas actively and effectively until tranquility prevails in the region," General Hatami underscored. Unprecedented heavy rains caused floods in various parts of Iran over the past two weeks. Scores of people were killed and injured and a large number were displaced across Iran. Many world states voiced readiness to help Iran's flood-hit people but the US blocked the Red Cross humanitarian aid from reaching Red Crescent Society.

In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message slammed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his untrue statement that Washington is seeking to help the flood-hit people of Iran. "Real news as @ICRC President noted, Iranian Red Crescent cannot receive any funds due to illegal US sanctions. US should own up to its ECONOMIC TERRORISM," Zarif wrote on his Twitter page. The Iranian foreign minister categorically dismissed Pompeo's claims that the US is sympathizing with the flood-hit Iranians, and said that Washington should be accountable to its economic terrorism. "FAKE NEWS: @SecPompeo claim that US 'ready to assist @ifrc, which would direct money through Iranian Red Crescent for relief," Zarif added. (UNI)