TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Taking to his twitter account on Thursday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian pointed to accusations leveled against Iran by Bahrain’s interior minister, who claimed Iran is spreading coronavirus and launching biological warfare across region.
The Iranian official said, “The #USA with its 5th fleet governing Bahrain is the main factor behind #BiologicalWarfare and even initial hiding #CoronavirusOutbreak in America.”
The Bahraini minister, General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifah, had earlier in the day accused Iran of "biological aggression" in a tweet, alleging, "With this behavior, Iran has allowed the disease to travel abroad.”
Iran has deplored any attempt at using the outbreak as a means of drawing political advantage, and denounced certain countries for trying to associate their virus-related problems to alleged overseas sources.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly declared its strict adherence to transparency concerning the extent of the outbreak within its borders, and urged all against concealing the number of their virus-afflicted deaths and infections under political considerations.
On Wednesday, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Iran is doing its best in fight against the novel coronavirus despite a lack of sufficient equipment and facilities mainly caused by the US sanctions.
"We know that Iran is doing its best, all it can ... that's what I appreciated," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.