The U.S. Treasury Department has said that it has amended sanctions imposed on Iran to expand the scope of medical devices and agricultural commodities allowed for export.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the department said the amendment includes new or expanded authorizations on training, replacement parts, software and services needed for maintenance of medical devices, Sputnik news reported.
“The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations…to expand the scope of medical devices and agricultural commodities generally authorized for export or reexport to Iran,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the changes to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) would be effective as of Friday, 23 December 2016.
It added that the changes would be implemented “in response to feedback from the regulated public regarding improving patient safety, provide new or expanded authorizations relating to training, replacement parts, software and services related to the operation, maintenance, and repair of medical devices, and items that are broken or connected to product recalls or other safety concerns.”
Iran and six world powers, including the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany, reached an agreement on July 14, 2015, under which Tehran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.
The deal went into effect on January 16. However, on December 1, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted for renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) by year 2026. The move has angered Iranian officials for violating the nuclear deal.
source: Tehran Times