Hossein Salami told a crowd in Kerman today that the virus outbreak which has brought misery to Iran ‘may be the product of the American biological invasion’.
‘We will win in the fight against the virus, which may be the product of the American biological invasion, which it first spread to China and then to Iran and the rest of the world,’ he declared.
There is no evidence to support his theory of the virus, which is believed by scientists to have jumped from animals to humans in China late last year.
‘Today the country is engaged in a biological battle,’ Salami said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
‘Even today, we will win, even in the fight against the virus. The U.S. must know that if it did it, [the virus] will return to it.’
Members of the Guard routinely engage in conspiracy theories and angry rhetoric towards America has heightened since top general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in January.’