Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, March 28, 2020—With every passing day, more evidence and signs indicate that the Iranian regime knew about coronavirus cases in the country weeks before it officially admitted, but it kept it secret for its own benefits, which has led to the national disaster that has so far taken the lives of more than 12,400 people.
The state-run media ILNA news agency reported on March 26, the medicals staff of Qazvin’s Velayat Hospital were involved with coronavirus cases since February 4. The report includes photos of printouts of an order by the hospital’s management, which instructed the staff about the coronavirus outbreak.
Iran’s regime officially acknowledged coronavirus cases two weeks later, on February 19, after two people died of COVID-19 in Qom.
In an interview published by the ILNA news agency on March 25, a nurse said, “At the moment it has been 51 days that all the hospital staff has been involved in this.” This means that on February 5-6, regime officials were fully aware of the coronavirus outbreak in the country and the high number of affected people. On the following day, the regime’s television forced this nurse to say that they had been dealing with coronavirus since February 25 and before that, they were involved with influenza disease.
Shiran Khorasani, an MP from Mashhad, revealed in an interview, “We demanded Mashhad to be quarantined, but Tehran refused.”
Refuting claims made by regime president Hassan Rouhani, who said on Thursday that the country had enough hospital beds, Khorasani said, “They’ve told many patients they are not sick and must return home.
Referring to the death toll declared by the regime, Khorasani said, “The world calls this disease ‘coronavirus,’ but in Iran, they’re calling it ‘acute respiratory disease.’ In Khorasan, 400 died from acute respiratory disease and 50 from coronavirus.”
Coronavirus crisis and regime’s contradiction and disgrace
The regime has been caught in its own web of lies and contradictory remarks. On one hand, Rouhani and some regime officials are saying Iran has no shortage of protective material such as health masks or hospital facilities, and they also have 10,000 empty hospital beds. On the other hand, through its propaganda campaign in the West, regime foreign minister Javad Zarif and his ambassador to the U.K. Hamid Baeidinejad say the high death toll of coronavirus in Iran is caused by a shortage of medicines and medical equip that emerges as a result of the U.S. sanctions.
The regime’s campaign to break down sanctions
Therefore, the regime tries to use the coronavirus disaster as an opportunity to break down U.S. sanctions against its terrorist and hostile activities. In this regard, some regime apologists and opponents of the current U.S. government have started a propaganda campaign. They have published dozens of articles in different media outlets, shedding crocodile tears for the Iranian people and blaming the humanitarian situation on U.S. sanctions.
But as the U.S. administration recently announced new sanctions against the Iranian regime, the Secretary of State and State Department spokesperson explained, “U.S. sanctions are not preventing aid from getting to Iran. The United States maintains broad authorizations that allow for the sale of food, agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices by U.S persons or from the United States to Iran. The regime has spent billions on terrorism abroad and any sanctions relief would not be used for humanitarian activities but to sponsor terrorism.”
The regime is holding the Iranian people hostage to blackmail the U.S.
“Rouhani believes it is the best opportunity to solve the sanctions problem and then start negotiations. Insisting on sanctions relief and inciting the international community’s sensibility are proofs of this. It seems the government is following this policy,” said Abbas Abdi, an analyst close to the Rouhani, the state-run Khabar Fori website.
Rouhani is trying to take advantage of the high number of deaths due to coronavirus to pressure the U.S. government to ease the sanctions. The regime is effectively holding the Iranian people as hostages and using their pain and suffering to pursue its destructive policies.
For this reason, both regime currents sacrifice the Iranian people to reach their greedy goals. The regime consciously kept everything secret to reduce its impact on the pro-regime rallies on the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution and the parliamentary elections, both of which took place in February. Rouhani and his faction have deliberately allowed the virus to expand throughout the country to use the situation as a lever of pressure against the U.S.
But what they don’t count on is the public anger and protests that are waiting for the regime in a post-coronavirus situation.
As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran has said in her Nowruz message, “the main answer to ‘what must be done?’ is a decisive action which would reap great good from this immense evil. And that is to rise up and struggle, and to resist against the clerical regime. There is a single solution for coronavirus, for poverty, for oppression and tyranny. That solution is overthrowing the mullahs’ religious dictatorship in its entirety.”