The United States is donating $25,000 to the international relief effort for earthquake victims in Iran.
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said the administration’s disagreements with the Iranian government are separate from its willingness to help people in need.
The aid will be channeled through international relief agencies.
Iran made a rare appeal for outside help Tuesday to cope with Friday’s earthquake, which may have killed more than 3,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless.
At the time of the appeal, the United Nations reported that U.N. agencies, Norway and Denmark had pledged $515,000 to earthquake relief.
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