With Iran being wracked by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and many high government officials having been infected –including a vice-president and an advisor to Khamenei — Iran’s Supreme Leader refused U.S. assistance stating that the virus was made by the American government.

Khamenei’s comments, made on Sunday, parroted the conspiracy claims of the Chinese government, that the United States may have manufactured the Coronavirus. 

“I do not know how real this accusation is but when it exists, who in their right mind would trust you to bring them medication?” Khamenei said. “Possibly your medicine is a way to spread the virus more.”

Iran has reported more than 21,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 1,685 reported deaths, according to government figures released Sunday. However, like China and even the extremely low figures of reported cases by Russia, many health experts believe that these oppressive governments may be underreporting the actual number of cases. (Satellite images purportedly even show Iranians digging mass graves outside of the religious site at Qom.)