US, UN offer aid to victims of Iran-Pakistan earthquake

WASHINGTON – The United States on Tuesday offered condolences to the Pakistani victims of the deadly earthquake that jolted the Iran-Pakistan border region, and said it was ready to provide humanitarian aid to them.

“We have seen the reports of the earthquake near Khashkhail on the Iran-Pakistan border, and we’re monitoring the situation. We offer our condolences to the families who lost loved ones during the earthquake,” a State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.
“The United States does stand ready to assist either Iran or Pakistan at this point,” he said in response to a question at the daily briefing.
Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey measured Tuesday’s earthquake on Pak-Iran border as 7.8-magnitude.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has offered to help Iran and Pakistan, a UN spokesman said. “The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is in contact with the authorities in Iran and Pakistan and is monitoring the situation and stands ready to assist upon request,” spokesman Martin Nesirky told the regular noon briefing.
The earthquake hit moderately populated region of Sistan-Balochistan in Iran earlier on Tuesday, and was felt across the border in Pakistan.

By The Nation


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