US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was prepared to aid Iran using its outbreak of book coronavirus in the event the nation asked for aid.
“If we can assist the Iranians with this issue, we’re certainly ready to do this… All they need to do is ask. We’ll have good professionals on the market,” Trump said in the yearly Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington.
The virus has hit 61 countries throughout the world, prompting the World Health Organization to increase its threat assessment to its greatest degree.
US authorities from the West Coast country of Washington meanwhile confirmed on Saturday the first fatality on American land.
Trump imposed new constraints on anybody who has traveled in the previous two months to Iran and urged Americans not to see hard-hit regions of Italy and South Korea.
The US State Department said it had officially told Iran of the United States’ willingness to help in unspecified ways via a message sent through Switzerland, which represents US interests in Tehran.
The USA, which has had no diplomatic ties with Iran since 1980, pulled from a landmark nuclear deal with the nation and reimposed crippling sanctions in 2018.