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Iran Renews Offer to Help US Harness Oil Spill
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast underlined Tehran's technical capability to help the US control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and said Tehran is ready to study Washington's request for help in this regard.
"The issue will be studied if the US administration asks for it," Mehman-Parast said in his weekly press conference here in Tehran today, stressing that Iran has the required expertise and skillful human resources in this ground.
The spokesman said that resolving the problem of the oil spill and the resulting slick in the Gulf of Mexico is a humanitarian issue that encourages all countries to provide the necessary aids to reduce the vast and drastic effects of the incident on the environment.
The remarks by Mehman-Parast came a day after The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that its experts are prepared to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"The experience of Iranians' presence in curbing oil spills in a number of neighboring states in the Persian Gulf, such as Kuwait, demonstrates Iranian capabilities and skills and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is ready to help curb the oil spill (in the Gulf of Mexico)," Commander of the IRGC's Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters General Rostam Qassemi stated.
Qassemi reminded the environmental threat posed by the oil spill to the Caribbean states and nations, and stated, "Despite new sanctions, the IRGC is prepared to fulfill its humanitarian duty in this regard and use its exclusive and indigenous capability in the Gulf of Mexico."
Earlier on May 24, Iranian Oil Minister Masoud Mir-Kazzemi had voiced the country's preparedness to aid the US in cleaning the massive oil spill in Mexico's Gulf Coast which threatens the surrounding environment.
The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and sank two days later. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil, perhaps even millions, have been spewing each day into the sea.
The resulting slick, now the size of a small country, threatens to leave Louisiana's fishing and coastal tourism industries in tatters, ruin pristine nature reserves, and cause decades of harm to the ecology of fragile marshes that are a haven for rare wildlife and migratory birds.
The Obama administration has been forced to defend its response to the disaster as some Republicans have sought to portray it as its Katrina, an allusion to president Bush's mishandling of the response to the hurricane that devastated Louisiana in 2005.