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Pompeo says 'enormous evidence' virus came from Wuhan lab

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U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reporting and analysis have said for weeks that they do not believe Chinese scientists developed the new coronavirus in a government biological weapons lab from which it then escaped.

"We don't know if it came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology".

This comes in response to claims made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview with ABC that he has "enormous evidence" proving that the novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab.

Just as Mr Trump had done days earlier, Mr Pompeo declined to describe the evidence in any more detail. Trump said he was querying. The document reportedly alleged that Chinese leaders "intentionally concealed the severity" of the new coronavirus.

"I think it is essential to understand where the critical areas are and where critical bottlenecks exist", Krach said, adding that the government could announce new action soon. We've seen announcements. We've seen the fact that they kicked journalists out.

"They have only one objective: to try to shirk responsibility for their own epidemic and prevention and control measures and divert public attention", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said of YUS officials on Thursday. "They should have put it out".

"What they really treated the world badly, they prevented people from entering China, but they did not prevent people from leaving China and going all over the world".

Not classified but marked "for official use only", the DHS analysis states that, while downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, China increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies.

Trump, citing a strengthened USA economy that had weakened China, said "the case could be made" that Chinese officials realized "this is going to have a huge impact on China, we might as well let the rest of the world" be affected too. These are not the first times that we have had the world exposed to viruses that are a result of failures in a Chinese lab...

It also accuses the Chinese government of destroying laboratory evidence and refusing to co-operate with global scientists working on a vaccine.

Since then, the two superpowers have accused each other of spreading misinformation, as US President Donald Trump has also attacked China over its alleged lack of transparency. He's a tough man ... but this should never have happened. He does not want to speculate whether China has deliberately spread the virus in the population. In particular, Beijing was suspected of underestimation as the total number of cases of infection and deaths from infection.

The report also says China at the same time sharply reduced exports of medical supplies.

On Jan. 30, Trump banned all travel from China, a move he claims saved tens of thousands of lives.

"We have said from the beginning, this virus originated in Wuhan, China, I think the whole world can see now, remember, China has a history of infecting the world and running substandard laboratories", Pompeo said, in reference to the first SARS virus. More than 180,000 Americans have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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