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China, Russia & Iran spreading disinformation on coronavirus: Pompeo

21-03-2020

Washington,US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed China, Russia and Iran for spreading disinformation on coronavirus."There are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things President Trump has set into motion," Mr Pompeo said in a press conference on the coronavirus at White House."It's pretty diffused, unfortunately. But we've certainly seen it come from places like China and Russia and Iran, where there are coordinated efforts to disparage what America is doing and our activity to do all the things President Trump has set in motion here," local media reported Pompeo as saying.He urged US nationals to make sure they are getting their information from reliable sources.

Trump had termed coronavirus as a "Chinese virus", referencing the disease's origins in Wuhan, China.This drew sharp criticism from China who claimed the terminology is racist. A member of China’s foreign ministry publicly claimed that the coronavirus may have started in the United States, to which Pompeo implored Americans to seek information from dependable outlets. The virus has claimed at least 230 lives with over 18,000 cases reported in all the 50 states in the US and District of Columbia as well as Puerto Rico.

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