DUBAI: The supply by the USA to assist Iran struggle the coronavirus pandemic is unusual, Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated on Sunday.
Regardless of heightened tensions between the longtime foes, Washington has supplied humanitarian help to Iran whereas it struggles with the coronavirus outbreak.
Iran is the most-affected nation within the Center East with over 1,500 coronavirus deaths and 20,610 contaminated folks.
“Several times Americans have offered to help Iran to contain the virus … You are accused of creating this virus. I do not know whether it is true, but it is strange that you want to help Iran,” Khamenei stated.
“Aside from the fact that you have shortages in your fight against the virus, what if you give us a drug that will help the virus to remain in Iran permanently?”
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Khamenei, an anti-US hardliner, stated the Islamic Republic had the potential to beat “any kind of crisis and challenges, including the coronavirus outbreak”.
Tensions have been operating excessive between Iran and the USA since 2018, when US President Donald Trump exited Tehran’s 2015 nuclear cope with six world powers and reimposed sanctions which have crippled the nation’s financial system.
Frictions elevated when Trump ordered a US drone strike that killed high Iranian army commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3. Iran retaliated by hitting US targets in Iraq on Jan. 8.
“Our number one enemy is America. It is the most wicked, sinister enemy of Iran … its leaders are charlatans,” Khamenei stated.
Iranian authorities have blamed US sanctions for hampering its efforts to curb the outbreak and referred to as for the restrictions to be lifted. Washington has refused to carry sanctions.