The U.S. Treasury: sanctions against Iran do not prohibit the provision to Iran of humanitarian aid

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The U.S. Treasury has reminded Americans that sanctions against Iran do not forbid them to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Iran, but it is necessary to observe a number of restrictions evidenced by published office document.

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 occurred on Sunday on the border of Iran and Iraq. Only in Iran, according to different data, were lost from 430 to 445 people, more than 7 thousand injured.

«In light of the tragic earthquake in Iran the Office of foreign assets control of the Ministry of Finance (OFAC) would like to highlight how Americans can provide humanitarian assistance to Iranians in accordance with the imposed Iran sanctions OFAC,» — said in published on the Finance Ministry note.

«Individuals States can raise funds outside of Iran for assistance by nongovernmental organizations in accordance with the General license E (published in 2013, allows NGOs providing humanitarian assistance to Iran) and may also make deposits in such non-governmental organizations for the maintenance of activity permitted them», — said in the explanation. The document States that US citizens are not able to transfer money directly to Iran, non-governmental organizations in Iran as well as yourself to sponsor the rescue efforts there.

The explanation also States that «food, clothing and medicines intended for humanitarian purposes do not fall under the sales of U.S. sanctions against Iran only if they are not sent to the government of Iran, and persons and agencies under sanctions».

The document also notes that «the financial structure of the United States can carry non-commercial personal remittances to Iran, which also includes the transfer of funds from the U.S. to Iran to assist friends or family members.»