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  7/26/2013, Av 19, 5773

US Easing Restrictions on Medical Exports to Iran


David Cohen, the United States' Undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence matters, announced, Thursday, that the list of medical devices and drugs that may be exported to Iran without the need for a special permit under sanctions against the Tehran government's nuclear development program. Cohen emphasized the the government in Washington would continue to apply heavy pressure on the Islamic Republic but take care not to harm the humanitarian needs of the citizens of Iran.

Medical exports from the U.S. to Iran dropped by half last year. Government hospitals and pharmacies in Iran reported shortages at the end of the year in medicines to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis and blood-vessel disease, among other serious ailments.