Floods revealed ‘vicious’ nature of US: Rouhani

18 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the United States’ reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington’s “vicious” nature, reports AFP. 

At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of dollars worth of damage since March 19.

Iran’s Red Crescent has repeatedly complained that US banking sanctions re-imposed last year make it impossible to receive donations from outside the country.

Washington “always claimed that it is on very good terms with the people of Iran (and) it is the Iranian government that it has a problem with,” Rouhani said.

But by blocking aid to the Red Crescent, the US had given lie to that claim, he said.

“The heads of the American regime have revealed their true vicious and inhuman nature,” he said at a cabinet meeting screened live on state TV. 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have estimated two million people need humanitarian aid following “the largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years”.