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Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory; Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Mar 22, 2020 - The Canadian Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Iran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the virus could be man-made by America.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments come as Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions blocking the country from selling its crude oil and accessing international financial markets.

But while Iranian civilian officials in recent days have increasingly criticized those sanctions, 80-year-old Khamen...