Khamenai rejects US help offer, cites virus conspiracy theory

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The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei Sunday rejected the offer of medical and pharmaceutical help from Americans for Iran in the battle with COVID-19.

Khamenai said the US has made such offer of help while Washington itself is struggling with a shortage of medical supplies in containing the coronavirus epidemic, pointing to the admissions made by the mayors and medical authorities of various American cities that they are facing many problems.

He said the US is accused of having created the coronavirus, and there are clues to this accusation.

No wise person would request help from the US when such untrustworthy government is accused of being behind the creation of COVID-19, he noted, saying there are reports that a strain of the virus has been created to target the Iranian genome and people as part of the hostility that the US and the West show towards the Iranian nation.

Even if the US is ready to give Iran medical assistance, it might be still another American plot to infiltrate into the country through medical teams and to bring a series of medicines into Iran that could result in a wider spread of the virus or make the contagious disease sustain in the country, Khamenei warned.

The Leader also noted that the US medical teams might be also seeking to gather information about the damages caused by the coronavirus and complete their data on the destructive power of the disease among Iranians.

More than 300,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in the world and at least 12,944 have died.

Meanwhile, Iran has intensified diplomatic efforts in recent weeks to force the US to lift the sanctions that have impeded Tehran’s fight against COVID-19.

Iran’s Health Ministry said on Saturday that more than 7,600 coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease in the country, while the death toll has hit 1,556.

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