The Trump administration has offered to send aid to Iran and is even waiving sanctions for those trying to send medicine and other life-saving humanitarian aid packages to the country. Iran, however, has rejected U.S. offers to send aid.
“U.S. leaders have on several occasions declared that they are ready to help us with medical aid and medicines. They repeated this several times and said all you have to do is ask and we’ll give you medical aid and medicines. That’s strange that they’ll say that we should be asking them for medical aid and medicines,” Khamenei said.
In recent days, @realDonaldTrump & @SecPompeo offered Iran help to fight the #Coronavirus. Today the regime's Supreme Leader rejected the offer, claiming the US might be trying to further "spread the virus".
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) March 22, 2020
In his latest statement, Pompeo outlines five instances where the regime failed to stop the spread of the virus thus putting the Iranian people’s lives on the line. Here are those points:
First, Iran’s state-owned airline, Mahan Air, continued flights to and from China in February.
Second, The country “ignored repeated warnings from its own health officials, and denied its first death from the coronavirus for at least nine days” further raising questions as to the accuracy of the current case and death counts.
Third, Iran’s nefarious use of foreign aid has continued and they’ve misused “over a billion Euros intended for medical supplies, and continue to hoard desperately needed masks, gloves, and other medical equipment for sale on the black market.”
Fourth, The regime falsely claims that U.S. sanctions are putting Iranian lives at risk. However, restrictions have been lifted to “not target imports of food, medicine and medical equipment, or other humanitarian goods.”
Fifth and final, the U.S. offer to allocate a portion of the $100 million in medical aid to other countries was rejected by Khamenei who “works tirelessly to concoct conspiracy theories and prioritizes ideology over the Iranian people.”
In his recent statement, Khamenei claimed that the U.S. may have “created the coronavirus” and that it’s enough for his regime to ask the country “what wise person would trust you to give them medicine? You could be giving medicines that spread the virus. You have no credibility, and there’s no way to trust you.”