Iran does not “need” any US help to combat coronavirus but is ready to help the US against the virus, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami said on Thursday.
As of Thursday, 2,234 in Iran have died from coronavirus, and there are 29,406 confirmed cases.
“The Americans’ remarks of wanting to help Iran are nothing but deception and lies,” said Salami.
“I say to [US officials] that if the people of America need help, we are ready to help them, but we do not need their help,” he said.
“America has always been our enemy and has never had our nation’s best interests at heart,” added Salami.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic will reject any US help to combat coronavirus.
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Iran accused of covering up coronavirus
The Iranian regime has been accused of mishandling its response to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, including deliberately covering up details of the outbreak to maximize turnout in parliamentary elections.
Documents obtained by an Iranian exile-run news site show that a senior Iranian official instructed authorities to only implement public health measures after the elections on February 21. In contrast, the regime has insisted it acted as soon as it became aware of the problem.
According to The Associated Press, the days in which the regime denied the presence of the virus allowed it to spread, as the regime prioritized the legitimacy it sought from elections over public health.