Saturday, 15 August, 2020

US withdrawal from WHO: Iran says US blame games will never fool world

The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry has criticized US President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate his country’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying blame games did not and will not fool the world.

In a post on his Twitter account on Saturday, Abbas Mousavi added that the United States ended its relationships with the WHO “in the new chapter of its Withdrawal series, & amid a pandemic that has rattled the world.”

“After failing its ppl, this irresponsible regime has been seeking a scapegoat to hide its debacle,” the Iranian spokesperson said.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Trump accused the WHO of becoming essentially a “puppet” organization of China and announced his decision to end relationship with the UN health body over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health needs,” Trump said.

Trump had earlier threatened to permanently stop funding the WHO and withdraw from the UN agency unless it makes “major substantive improvements within the next 30 days,” without detailing the improvements.

In his four-page letter earlier this month to the WHO head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump said that he will make his “temporary freeze” of US funding permanent after criticizing WHO’s response to the pandemic.

He also said that the WHO also risked losing the US membership after the 30-day deadline.

Trump is under scrutiny for his scattershot approach toward the handling of the coronavirus outbreak and resorting to a blame game strategy to shift the blame he is facing for the worsening situation inside the country to others

The United States is now on the top of the list of the worst-affected nations across the globe with over 1,797,000 confirmed cases.

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