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NSA Jake Sullivan on COVID origins investigation: “We’re not going to simply accept China saying no”

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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated on Sunday that the United States would not issue “threats or ultimatums” to China in order uncover the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash pressed Sullivan on what steps the US would take to put pressure on China to help facilitate an investigation, noting that Sullivan had previously stated that the US would not take China’s inaction lightly.

According to Sullivan, the United States’ strategy is divided into “two tracks.”

“One track is an intelligence community assessment that President Biden ordered,” Sullivan said.

“The second track is an international investigation led by the World Health Organization, for which President Biden has rallied democratic partners to say there must be access to China, to be able to get the data necessary to understand what happened here.”

“We are not at this point going to issue threats or ultimatums. What we’re going to do is continue to rally support in the international community. And if it turns out that China refuses to live up to its international obligations, we will have to consider our responses at that point,” Sullivan added.

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