‘Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to the United Nations promoting a conspiracy theory that COVID-19 is a biological weapon created in a laboratory.
The bombastic former leader posted a copy of his letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. In the letter, he claimed COVID-19 is “a new weapon for establishing and/or maintaining [the] political and economic upper hand in the global arena.”
He went on to say the flulike illness, which has infected tens of thousands, was “produced in laboratories” by the “warfare stock houses of biologic war belonging to world hegemonic powers.” Ahmadinejad, who, during his tenure as president, promoted the destruction of Israel, said the illness was more destructive than nuclear and chemical weapons.
The coronavirus has particularly affected Iran, where more than 7,000 people have been infected and at least 237 have died. However, that number has been disputed by academics and dissident groups who claimed there could be tens if not hundreds of thousands of cases.’