Archiv für den Tag 14. August 2012

US: Clarifying Guidance on Humanitarian Assistance to Iran

The American people send the Iranian people our deepest condolences for the loss of life in the tragic earthquake in northeastern Iran. Our thoughts are with the families of those who were lost, and we wish the wounded a speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer assistance in this difficult time. In light of this tragedy, we would like to highlight the ways Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to the Iranian people:

• Donations of food and medicine, when intended to be used to relieve human suffering, are exempt from the sanctions on trade between the U.S. and Iran, as long as the donations are not being sent to the Government of Iran or any Iranian individual or entity on the Treasury Department’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List). For all practical purposes, such donations to the Iranian people, including transactions needed to ship permissible donations, can occur without a license from the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). [Additional information on food and medicine donations to Iran can be found here.]

• OFAC generally regards the exportation or re-exportation of medical devices to Iran, whether donated or for sale, to require a license under the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA). [Guidance on how to apply for a TSRA license can be found here.]
• Since 1995, OFAC has permitted U.S. financial institutions to process noncommercial, personal remittances to Iran. Such transactions, which may include a personal transfer of funds from the U.S. to Iran to assist a friend or family member, may originate from a U.S. financial institution but must be processed through a third-country financial institution before reaching Iran. [The guidelines of the General License can be viewed here and here, and additional clarification is provided on OFAC’s FAQ page.] Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Rejects U.S. Aid After Earthquake

On August 12, 2012, the United States offered aid to Iran after two earthquakes reportedly hit some 230 villages near the northwest city of Tabriz on August 12. The early official Iranian reports cited more than 300 dead, 3,000 injured and some 16,000 left homeless. The United States has previously provided aid to Iran after earthquakes, notably after a 2003 quake devastated the historic city of Bam in southeast Iran. More than 26,000 were reportedly killed. The Bush administration dispatched search and rescue squads, aid coordinators and medical support.

Iran rejected aid from the United States as well as Turkey, Taiwan, Germany and Russia for the latest earthquake. The following statements are from the Obama administration and the head of Iran’s Red Crescent.
Statement from the White House Press Secretary
“The American people send the Iranian people our deepest condolences for the loss of life in the tragic earthquake in northwestern Iran. Our thoughts are with the families of those who were lost, and we wish the wounded a speedy recovery. We stand ready to offer assistance in this difficult time.”
Comment by Iran’s Red Crescent Chief Abdolhossein Faghih
“We received offers of help from several countries … but as we have sufficient men and resources we did not need this foreign aid. We thanked them for their offers.“

Official Sources Continue to Downplay Earthquake Devastation

by MUHAMMAD SAHIMI

838981_orig.jpgPress Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Farsi and Arabic press and excerpts where the source is in English. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Any views expressed are the authors‘ own. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the stories in perspective. You can follow breaking news stories on our Twitter feed.Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, minister of health, has announced that a total of 306 people died as a result of the earthquakes in East Azerbaijan province on Saturday. According to the minister, 210 women and children, and 49 men lost their lives in hospitals. The rest, she said, were already dead by the time rescuers pulled them out of the rubble. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

USS James E. Williams Transfers Rescued Mariners to Iranian Vessel

Source: Official Website of the United States Navy – Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS, At Sea (NNS) — USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS, At Sea – Guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams transferred 10 Iranian mariners rescued from a burning dhow Aug. 8 to an Iranian vessel in the Gulf of Oman Aug. 10.


GULF OF OMAN (August 9, 2012) Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams‘ (DDG 95) instruct rescued mariners on how to properly wear protective equipment before being transported by helicopter to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Ten Mariners were rescued after they were forced to abandon their vessel, which caught fire in the Gulf of Oman. James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Meshel/Released)

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Israel vs Iran: An Israeli Media Report

Source: The Real News Network (TRNN)

Israeli media spike coverage of potential attack on Iran „in the coming 12 weeks“

Related Story: The Porter Report: Israel, the Bulgaria Bombings and Iran

Watch full multipart The Real News in the Middle East

Quakes show danger in laxity in enforcing building codes

By M.A. Saki, Mehr News Agency

Iron, cement, and brick have been used in the construction of most buildings in villages in East Azerbaijan Province, yet many buildings either collapsed or sustained serious cracks when two earthquakes measuring 6.2 and 6 on the Richter scale hit the region on Saturday afternoon.

If construction materials are properly utilized, edifices must resist quakes much stronger than these two.

Iranian geophysicist and seismologist Bahram Akashesh said on Sunday that in developed countries, earthquakes with a magnitude of the ones that hit East Azerbaijan cause only six injuries and not hundreds injured and more than 200 dead.

„In other countries, such an earthquake leaves six people injured and not hundreds dead and injured,“ Akashesh stated. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iranian lawmakers slam ineffective relief delivery to quake hit areas

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The representatives in Iranian Parliament for Eastern and Western Azerbaijan Provinces have criticized the government’s management of the earthquake emergency in northeastern Iran, while the Minister of Health announced that the number of fatalities from the two quakes that hit the country on Saturday has now reached 306.


by Mana Neyestani

On Saturday, earthquakes measuring 6.2 and 6 shook the cities of Ahar and Varzaghan in northwestern Iran.

The delivery of relief and the state media’s coverage of the disaster have been heavily criticized in the past few days. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Quakes bring death and destruction to East Azarbaijan, Iran

Photos by ISNA photographers

At least 306 people have died and more than 4500 injured in two successive earthquakes that hit province of East Azarbaijan in the northwestern Iran on Saturday afternoon. These dramatic photos by ISNA photographers show the plight of the victims of the quake who have to face the tragic loss of their loved ones, their homes, and even their villages.

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