The economic sanctions that the Trump administration has imposed on Iran since ditching the 2015 nuclear deal are adversely affecting patients at the Middle Eastern country\u0026#039;s top cancer hospital, healthcare providers told FRANCE 24 in a report published Wednesday.Medical staff at the Cancer Institute in the Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex \u0022are struggling to provide healthcare amid shortages and spiraling drug prices\u0022 tied to U.S. President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s so-called \u0022maximum pressure\u0022 campaign against Iran, according to FRANCE 24.\u0022We are facing some problems during operations,\u0022 said one surgeon at the hospital in Tehran, the Iranian capital. \u0022I don\u0026#039;t know really if the target of the sanctions are the politicians or our patients. We are dealing with cancer here and cancer doesn\u0026#039;t stop, so we cannot stop.\u0022Watch:\u0022We don\u0026#039;t have enough of some types of drugs and we have to import them. It becomes very expensive for our patients. They have to pay in dollars or euros,\u0022 said Wida Shehri, head nurse at the Cancer Institute\u0026#039;s chemotherapy unit.The FRANCE 24 article, which came ahead of Iran\u0026#039;s general elections scheduled for Friday, highlighted a Human Rights Watch report from October 2019. As HRW explained:Though the U.S. government has built exemptions for humanitarian imports into its sanction regime, broad U.S. sanctions against Iranian banks, coupled with aggressive rhetoric from U.S. officials, have drastically constrained Iran\u0026#039;s ability to finance such humanitarian imports. The consequences of redoubled U.S. sanctions, whether intentional or not, pose a serious threat to Iranians\u0026#039; right to health and access to essential medicines—and has almost certainly contributed to documented shortages—ranging from a lack of critical drugs for epilepsy patients to limited chemotherapy medications for Iranians with cancer.FRANCE 24 noted that \u0022while Iran produces 95 percent of its drugs, the country has to import ingredients that are difficult to access under the sanctions.\u0022 Mahmoud Zadeh, the hospital\u0026#039;s director of oncology, said that \u0022exporters want to sell us the drugs.\u0022\u0022The problem is payment,\u0022 said Zadeh. \u0022We don\u0026#039;t have ways to transfer money between bank accounts. I think around 50 percent of our patients have been affected by the sanctions.\u0022The Trump administration imposed more sanctions on Iran last month, after the country retaliated for the U.S. assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani by firing ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases that host coalition forces, including Americans. Although the missile attack did not result in any loss of life, dozens of U.S. service members have since been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.Trump has stood by his decision to assassinate Soleimani, whom the president called \u0022the Iranian regime\u0026#039;s most ruthless butcher\u0022 during his State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Trump also said that \u0022because of our powerful sanctions, the Iranian economy is doing very, very poorly. We can help them make a very good and short-time recovery. It can all go very quickly, but perhaps they are too proud or too foolish to ask for that help. We are here. Let\u0026#039;s see which road they choose. It is totally up to them.\u0022While the Trump administration has made no indications that a meeting with Iranian leadership is on the horizon, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) confirmed Tuesday in a Medium post that he personally met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Saturday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany.Iran restarted their nuclear program, fired at our troops, upped support for proxies. Your Iran policy is a disastrous failure.And FYI I’m the Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Middle East. It’s literally my job to meet with regional leaders. https://t.co/9z0wNvfxC5— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 19, 2020That meeting drew criticism from Trump and other Republicans, who accused Murphy of violating the Logan Act, which prohibits private U.S. citizens from conducting unauthorized negotiations with foreign governments. The Hill noted that \u0022legal scholars generally agree the Logan Act does not apply to members of Congress, and there is lengthy precedent of lawmakers meeting with foreign government officials.\u0022Murphy wrote on Medium that \u0022I have no delusions about Iran—they are our adversary, responsible for the killing of thousands of Americans and unacceptable levels of support for terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East. But I think it\u0026#039;s dangerous to not talk to your enemies.\u0022 He added: \u0022I\u0026#039;m not the president or the secretary of state—I\u0026#039;m just a rank and file U.S. senator. I cannot conduct diplomacy on behalf of the whole of the U.S. government, and I don\u0026#039;t pretend to be in a position to do so. But if Trump isn\u0026#039;t going to talk to Iran, then someone should.\u0022The Connecticut Democrat was one of 55 senators who voted last week to approve a War Powers Resolution that aimed to block Trump from launching a military action against Iran without approval from Congress. Although the resolution is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled House, neither the recent Senate vote nor a House vote on a similar measure last month secured the two-thirds supermajority needed to override a presidential veto.