Tehran (AsiaNews) - US President
Barack Obama has ordered new economic sanctions against Iran's energy and financial
sector. However, this is having a major impact on the population as drugs for
children become scarce.
the start of the year, the US administration has imposed new sanctions against Iranian
oil exports (one of the country's remaining products) and financial
transactions to stop Tehran's nuclear programme, which it deems a threat. The European
Union followed suit in July.
Iranian government has always denied that its programme is military in nature. To
bypass the sanctions, it has tried to diversify the way it gets paid for oil
sales, using gold and barter.
new measures are against firms that have dealings with the National Iranian Oil
Company, the Naftiran Intertrade Company or the Central Bank of Iran, or that
help Iran buy US dollars or precious metals.
new sanctions have thus targeted China's Bank of Kunlun and Iraq's Elaf Islamic
Bank as institutions that Washington says have helped Iran evade sanctions.
the battle between the United States (and the European Union) and Iran is
causing many collateral victims, including thousands of children who suffer
from haemophilia who no longer have access to life-saving drugs.
Iranian Haemophilia Society has informed the World Federation of Haemophilia
that the lives of tens of thousands of children are being endangered by the
lack of proper drugs, a consequence of international economic sanctions imposed
on the Islamic Republic.
the export of drugs to Iran has not been banned, sanctions on the country's financial
institutions have severely disrupted the purchase and transfer of medical goods.
Iranian businesses, big or small, are another group
that has become the collateral victims of sanctions since they cannot trade
with foreign countries.
Sources told AsiaNews that
some firms are shutting down whilst others are barely surviving because they
cannot buy and sell abroad.
don't know where all this will lead," one businessman said. "What is certain is
that it is impossible to live."