The U.S. authorities have for one and half month eased sanctions against Iran, allowing NGOs to fund humanitarian assistance and reconstruction settlements after the earthquake of August 11. This is reported in a press release on the website of the U.S. Treasury Department.
Until October 5, 2012, American nongovernmental organizations are allowed to transfer in Iran the amounts of $300 thousand. To transfer larger amounts a special appeal to the Ministry of Finance is required. Medical and food supplies for the victims of the earthquake shall not require a special license.
The NGO themselves insisted on the abolition of restrictions in connection with the earthquake. Moreover, an open letter with the above requirements to U.S. President Barack Obama, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was published on the website of the National Iranian-American Council.
The Council has called the dilution of sanctions a “gesture of humanity giving the American people the opportunity to help the Iranians who have lost everything in this disaster,” and thanked the White House for the fact that humanitarian assistance has not become a “hostage to bad relations between the two countries.”
As a result of the earthquakes occurred on August 11 in the north-western Iran about 300 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured. According to the Iranian authorities, the damage exceeded $650 million. Some villages are completely destroyed. In the meantime, people who lost their homes are accommodated in encampments.