09 March 2020 - 10:27
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Tehran:
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his anti-Tehran accusations in regard to coronavirus epidemic, adding that such kind of approach is an outcome of Washington’s reliance on deception and misinformation.

RNA - “Point a finger and there are 3 more pointing back at you; only an administration infected with acute mismanagement, deception and lies could be so hideous to level senseless accusations against Iranians who're sacrificially struggling to shield humanity against COVID19 pandemic,” wrote Mousavi in a Saturday tweet.

Mousavi questioned the US handling of the coronavirus outbreak by releasing a video showing Pompeo facing questions from a lawmaker skeptical about the administration's response to the coronavirus threat in a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Trump has said the US is willing to help the Iranians with the problem, adding that “all they have to do is ask.”

Pompeo had also claimed during a House hearing that the Islamic Republic did not have a solid healthcare infrastructure and that the US had offered to help it with the coronavirus response.

Earlier on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at US President Donald Trump for tightening "illegal" sanctions against Iran, saying such a move is aimed at draining the Islamic Republic's resources required in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

"Donald Trump is maliciously tightening US' illegal sanctions with aim of draining Iran's resources needed in the fight against #COVID19—while our citizens are dying from it," Zarif said in a post on his Twitter account.

He added that the world can no longer keep silent as US' economic terrorism is "supplanted by its medical terrorism."

Iran is currently battling one of the world's deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus outside China, where it originated.

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