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Former Ambassador Says Iran Has Not Responded to Offers of Help Following Quake

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The BBC's Mohsen Asgari: "Clinics have been set up in the area"

Mansour Farhang is a former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations.

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He says the Iranian government has so far not responded to the international community's offers of humanitarian assistance for victims of the earthquake.

Fahrang says countries such as Turkey, Russia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and humanitarian organizations UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders have offered to help.

Farhang tells anchor Marco Werman this political posturing from Iran and "an absurd way of trying to say that the sanctions have not affected Iran's situation, but in this particular case the victims are suffering, and there is no question that the people under those circumstances would welcome assistance, regardless of where it cones from."