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.“

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