US Acts to Reduce Medical Sanctions Against Iran

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The US Department of the Treasury announced that the United States has eased up on sanctions against Iran to permit a broad list of medical supplies to be exported or re-exported there.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States has eased up on sanctions against Iran to permit a broad list of medical supplies to be exported or re-exported there, the US Department of the Treasury announced in a statement.

“The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is updating the List of Medical Supplies eligible for exportation or re-exportation to Iran under the general license… of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR)… to include additional items,” the statement said on Monday.

The move is a modification of the ITSR within the general license originally issued on October 22, 2012 for the export of basic medical supplies to Iran, it explained.

The move comes three days after Republican members of Congress urged President Barack Obama on Friday to impose additional economic sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps following the arrest of Iranian-American oil executive Siamak Namazi.

On Thursday and Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna to discuss the nuclear agreement reached in mid-July as well as the Syria conflict amid growing predictions that Washington will agree to Teheran’s full participation in the Syrian peace process.

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