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Iran Trying to Gain Access to Unfrozen Assets to Fight Virus

Volunteers disinfect automobiles at Azadi Square in Tehran on March 27.

Volunteers disinfect automobiles at Azadi Square in Tehran on March 27.

Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Iran is seeking to gain access to $1.6 billion in assets that had been frozen in Luxembourg to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

“We will do everything we can to transfer the funds or exchange them for medicine and essential goods,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said in a news briefing. Iran is the Middle East epicenter of the coronavirus, with 4,585 fatalities and 73,303 cases reported.