Iran ready to help US fight COVID-19 – IRGC chief

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A senior Iranian commander says the United States’ claim of intending to help Iranian people tackle the coronavirus outbreak is just demagoguery, as the country itself is failing to protect US citizens.

Major General Hossein Salami said yesterday the United States itself has been gripped by this virus, and the country’s health infrastructure is unable to protect American people against the epidemic.

“If the US nation needs help, we can help them, but we don’t need their help,” said General Salami, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

He reiterated Washington’s animosity toward the Iranian nation.

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“They never liked Iranian people, and the US president called Iranian people terrorists,” he said.

“The Americans put our nation under pressure and economic sanctions to create livelihood problems for them, but fortunately, by God’s grace, US officials failed in this path, too,” he noted.

The top general said hospitals of the IRGC are offering services to tackle coronavirus patients.

“Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, we the (IRGC) began work,” he said.

“We have the capacity to increase the number of our mobile and makeshift hospitals if need be,” he said.

The top general said the (IRGC) is always ready for countering biological warfare “because we predict that there is a possibility of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare.”

He touched upon a recent drill for biological defense, saying all resources of the (IRGC) have been mobilized in this drill to disinfect crowded public places across the nation.

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