ranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Presient Donald Trump (Screenshot)

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday urged world leaders to abandon the US sanctions against Iran as the world facing the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, describing its as a moral duty.

Earlier in the day, Washington added five organizations as well as 15 people to is sanctions lists, including organizations allegedly tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“#Covid19 ravages the world, sparing no nation. Even the world’s largest economy needs others to help it fight the pandemic, yet refuses to halt its #EconomicTerrorism against Iran. Does the US want a ‘forever pandemic’? Moral imperative to stop observing the bully’s sanctions,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, posting a headline from the Wall Street Journal newspaper about US President Donald Trump requesting medical supplies to fight COVID-19.

On Monday, several US congressmen signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asking to suspend the sanctions against Iran, which is one of the most COVID-19 afflicted countries, with 29,406 confirmed cases and 2,234 fatalities.