MOSCOW, 24 APR – RIA Novosti. The Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community thoroughly investigate the possibility that opponents of the United States will be able to use the new type of coronavirus as the biological weapons, according to the newspaper Politico, citing representatives of the Ministry of defence and the intelligence services.
According to the newspaper, this situation demonstrates a growing understanding of the virus and the risks it carries, from the national security apparatus. As noted by officials, this does not mean that they believe the virus was created deliberately for use as a weapon.
meanwhile, as the newspaper writes, the intelligence community has begun to evaluate the potential opponents for using coronavirus as a weapon, particularly against targets of special importance. The Ministry of defence has recently turned his attention to a more thorough monitoring of such opportunities, said three sources familiar with the situation.
the Program the chemical and biological program of the Pentagon, which plays a key role in the implementation of the strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction, continues to support measures to combat COVID-19 taken by the health Department of the Ministry of defence (DHA), the Department of health and human services (HHS) and the U.S. Agency for emergencies FEMA, said Pentagon spokesman Mike Andrews. He noted that this includes more than $ 150 million investment program of the Pentagon on diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutic measures and modeling. While Andrews did not comment on the question of whether the Pentagon is investigating the possibility of using the opponents of the virus as a weapon. According to him, the basic question remains the origin of the virus, and also the fact that the Chinese government knew about it at an early stage.
the US President Donald trump said earlier that the U.S. side considers the version that the coronavirus COVID-19 originated in the laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan and intends to establish its origin. Trump has threatened China of the consequences if it turns out that Beijing deliberately allowed the flash COVID-19. Earlier, the Chinese foreign Ministry said that China from the beginning followed an open and responsible position regarding the publication of data about the epidemic coronavirus infection.
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