U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed on Monday Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks on coronavirus, saying his “lies” were endangering people’s lives.

The State Department statement quoting the top U.S. diplomat came a day after Khamenei claimed the epidemic could be “man-made by the U.S., which is specifically built for Iran using the genetic data of Iranians.”

Calling COVID-19 “Wuhan Virus,” Pompeo said Khamenei’s “fabrications are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk.”

The statement also mentioned “failed” steps taken by Iran to counter the virus as “facts that Iran

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