The offer by the United States to help Iran fight the coronavirus pandemic is strange, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech on Sunday.
Iran is the most-affected country in the Middle East with over 1,500 coronavirus deaths and 20,610 infected people.
“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 said.
“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?”
Khamenei added the Islamic Republic had the capability to overcome “any kind of crisis and challenges, including the coronavirus outbreak”.