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US blames Iran for deadly flooding which killed 44

US blames Iran for deadly flooding which killed 44
TheTrump administration has blamed Iran’s government for a wave of flooding which has left at least 44 dead across northern, north-western and southern parts of the country, Express reported on Wednesday.
The floods have been caused by usually strong spring rains. Iranian troops, including the elite Revolutionary Guards, have been deployed to help rescue efforts. Previously Iran’s foreign minister accused the US of “economic terrorism” and alleged its sanctions programme is impeding the delivery of aid.

In a statement the US State Department commented: “The regime blames outside entities when, in fact, it is their mismanagement that has led to this disaster.

“They even jail environmentalists for attempting to help Iran prepare for these very issues.
“Floods once again show the level of Iranian regime mismanagement in urban planning and in emergency preparedness.”
The statement also offered condolences to the families of flood victims and said the US would be prepared to offer support via the International Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Before the State Department comment Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed the Trump administration was exacerbating the crisis.
He accused the US of “impeding aid efforts by the Iranian Red Crescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods.
“This isn’t just economic warfare, it’s economic terrorism”.
The US reimposed sanctions on Iran after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last year.
The agreement, negotiated under President Obama, had been intended to stop the Middle Eastern power developing a nuclear weapon.
However Trump accused the Iranian government of violating the spirit of the agreement by continuing to develop ballistic missiles and funding terror groups across the region.
America was itself hit by a powerful save of flooding last month, which affected six Midwestern states.
According to the US National Weather Service the floods were of “major and historical” significance.