Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that Iran must halt its nuclear program before any sanctions are lifted to help combat the rapidly growing coronavirus cases in the country.

“Israel remains in favour of providing humanitarian aid to the Iranian people,” Danon told the Post. “But as long as the regime continues its nuclear and terrorist programs, sanctions must remain in place.”

On Tuesday, a letter signed by presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and six other congressmen was sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding the administration lift sanctions on Iran for humanitarian purposes.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, amid pressure from China and Russia, last week defended the sanctions by saying it does not interfere with the humanitarian aid the U.S. is offering Iran.

“We are trying to help, we continue to offer assistance to Iran in numerous ways. We have an open humanitarian channel to facilitate legitimate transactions even while ensuring that our maximum pressure campaign denies terrorists money,” he said.

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Source: World Israel News

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