US Sent UU. He says that Iran 'lied to its own people' about the coronavirus

PARIS: A senior US official accused Thursday I ran of lying to his own people about the extent of the outbreak and expressed dismay Tehran He had rejected an offer of American help.

Brian Hook, the US State Department's envoy on I ran , said Tehran 's response to the virus was one reason I ran ian authorities were enduring a "crisis of legitimacy".

" I ran lied to its own people about the coronavirus," Hook told reporters on a trip to Paris Coordinate politics with Europe.

"It told them it was not anything to worry about but at the same time the virus was spreading throughout I ran ."

I ran ian authorities have put the death toll from the Covid-19 virus at 107, making it one of the worst-hit countries after China.

"Today as a result of the government's mismanagement and not being transparent with its own people I ran has one of the world's worst outbreaks of the coronavirus," Hook said.

The US, which has had no diplomatic relations with I ran since the hostage crisis that followed the 1979 Islamic Revolution, had offered help to I ran to fight the virus outbreak but Tehran rejected the offer.

I ran ian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed "vicious" US sanctions for depriving I ran ians of medication.

We know there are gaps in your health system and we wanted to close them, Hook said. We wish you have accepted our sincere offer.

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