Setting out his demands for funds, President Rouhani said the fund would be guilty of discrimination if it withholds the money.
President Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting address today: “I urge international organisations to fulfil their duties. We are a member of the IMF.
The coronavirus outbreak has further damaged Iran’s economy, already battered by US sanctions, reimposed since 2018 when Washington exited an agreement to lift them in return for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme.
To mitigate some of the economic pressure, Iran has delayed business taxes and loan repayments until May and said about 3 million lower-income families without permanent jobs would get handouts of up to six million rials (£324) in four stages.
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It comes as Tehran blamed America and its “maximum pressure” policy for restricting Iran’s ability to respond effectively to the virus.
President Rouhani said: “The US sanctions on Iran are economic and medical terrorism … They are in violation of international medical conventions.”
But US officials hit back saying the sanctions do not target medicine for Iran and Washington had offered to help Tehran face the outbreak.
Iran has banned intercity travel and shut non-essential businesses to fight an outbreak that according to official figures has killed 4,003 people and infected 67,286.
President Rouhani also said some businesses will remain closed until further notice, after the authorities announced last week that they will begin to ease a shut-down order from April 11.
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