Monday, March 2, 2020

Senior Advisor To The Ayatollah Dies Of Coronavirus As Iran Rejects Offer Of US Aid

India TV reports Monday that a senior Iranian official and close advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died of coronavirus, becoming at least the fourth government official to succumb to the a virus, which has spread like wildfire across Iran, causing hundreds of deaths.

The deceased government advisor was named Mohammad Mir-Mohammadi.

The sick Iranian officials include Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, better known to millions of older Americans as "Sister Mary," the English-speaking spokeswoman for the students who seized the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, sparking the 444-day hostage crisis.

During a 'teleconference' press conference, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei acknowledged that Iran has "Two difficult weeks ahead.".

A separate news teleconference by the Iranian Foreign Ministry started with spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissing an offer of help for Iran extended by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

For the common Iranian, this refusal of the US's offer is truly unfortunate.

Because nothing says 'we've got this' like a rash of your most senior government officials falling ill.

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