Iran denies help from the US, says it will export its own ventilators in a few months
‘’All you need to do is stop interfering in the affairs of other nations; mine especially’’, the Irani minister wrote.
The Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif has declined US President Donald Trump’s offer to send ventilators, saying that Iran would be exporting its own devices in a few months.
In a press briefing, Trump offered the US’ ‘excess ventilators’ to Iran. He said that if they need ventilators, he will provide them with it. Trump followed up his generous offer by saying ‘’Right now, they need to survive, they’re loaded with the plague’’.
However, Zarif replied to Trump’s offer in a tweet saying that Iran would be exporting ventilators in a few months and did not need the US’s help.
‘’All you need to do is stop interfering in the affairs of other nations; mine especially’’, the minister wrote.
Iran will be EXPORTING ventilators in a few months, @realdonaldtrump.
All you need to do is stop interfering in the affairs of other nations; mine especially.
And believe me, we do not take advice from ANY American politician.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 19, 2020
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo had offered in February to help Iran combat the coronavirus outbreak, saying that the country couldn’t handle the pandemic. This was at the time when Iran was one of the worst-hit countries, but as cases began to rise in the US, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labeled America’s offer as ‘strange’.
He said that the US itself is suffering from a shortage of resources, which is why if they have anything, they should use it on themselves.
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