Washington 0
17 March 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of running a “misinformation campaign surrounding the origination of the Wuhan virus [ie, COVID-19]” and argued that “instead of focusing on the needs of the Iranian people and accepting genuine offers of support, senior Iranians lied about the Wuhan virus outbreak for weeks. The Iranian leadership is trying to avoid responsibility for their grossly incompetent and deadly governance”. He further underlined that “we continue to offer assistance to Iran in numerous ways and we will continue to do so. We have an open humanitarian channel to facilitate legitimate transactions even while ensuring our maximum pressure campaign denies terrorists money”. Pompeo added that he had spoken with the World Health Organization and “made a commitment to do everything we can to provide them with all that America can deliver for Iran. I hope they’ll accept that offer. That alone will contribute to Iran being able to manage this problem set for the Iranian people”.

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