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West indirectly prevents medical imports to Iran

Monday, 7 January 2013

Dr. Seyed Alireza Marandi, Majlis member and President of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences, has lambasted the West for banning medical and pharmaceutical exports to Iran by blocking Iran’s financial transactions with foreign countries. He questioned the claims of the US and Western countries that they have exempted medicine from the sanctions and restrictions against Iran, saying that “(The sale of) medicines has not been banned directly; of course there are some pharmaceutical companies that refuse to sell drugs to us, but those that sell medicine to us want their money, and the money should be paid by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), because the CBI is under sanctions and cannot pay the money… It’s like you build a fence around someone to protect his security, but no one is allowed to enter for the very same reason, including those who want to enter the area to bring water and food. So, on the surface, you seem to have not blocked the supply of water and foodstuffs, but in essence, you do not allow these items to be brought in.”

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  • Published: 20 days ago on Monday, 7 January 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: January 7, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
  • Filed Under: International
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