U.S. Should Suspend Sanctions Because of Floods in Iran, Says Rohani

The floods have so far killed nearly 80 people and damages have been estimated at around $2.5 billion

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq, March 12, 2019.
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President Hassan Rohani says the U.S. should suspend sanctions against Iran because of the recent massive floods that have claimed dozens of lives.

State TV quoted Rohani's as saying on Wednesday that "if U.S officials were wise, they should have announced they would suspend the sanctions for one year because of the floods in Iran."

Rohani is also quoted as saying the White House was "inhumane and filthy" for declining to allow cash support to the Iranian Red Crescent.

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Northern and western Iran was hit by severe floods since mid-March and the country's leaders have regularly complained that the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration last year have hampered rescue efforts.

The floods have so far killed nearly 80 people and damages have been estimated at around $2.5 billion.