Washington 0
30 January 2020

Switzerland announced that “the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), a payment mechanism to enable humanitarian goods to be delivered to Iran, is about to be implemented”. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department confirmed that “Iranian cancer and transplant patients are receiving treatments through this channel, which is subject to strict due diligence measures to avoid misuse by the Iranian regime”. The U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, remarked that “we want companies to take advantage of the exemptions in our sanctions regime for food, medicine, medical devices and agricultural products”. He went on to indicate that “while we work to provide the Iranian people with medicine, the regime makes no such effort… the Iranian people know that their regime, not American sanctions, are to blame for their difficulties getting medical supplies”.

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