New York, April 6, IRNA -- The US government on Monday hinted it has
lifted the article banning the publication and editing of articles by
nationals of the countries in US sanctions' lists, including, and
particularly the Iranian scientists.
The US daily New York Times announcing the news in its Monday
edition, added that the US Treasure Department in a letter addressed
to the International Electrical and Electronic Engineers Institute
(IEEEI) announced that the publication and editing of such articles
will not be monitored by that US organization.
The law on banning the editing and publication of articles by
nationals of the countries in US sanctions' list was approved by the
US congress after the Defense Department purposed a bill requesting
the adoption of such a measure last week and raised serious
criticism inside and outside USA.
The IEEEI publishes over 30 percent of the articles related to
computer sciences, electronics and electrical engineering annually
and the bulk of such articles are by third world scientists,
particularly the Iranians.
The IEEEA head Arthur Winston told the New York Times that
although the US Treasure Department's letter has been addressed to his
association, he believes it is applicable to all scientists' articles
and their publication in any scientific magazine and periodical.
The US publishers and the US Treasure Department have been engaged
in a controversial debate regarding the need to exempt the publication
of informative and scientific articles from the newly proposed
sanctions lists against Iran, Libya, Sudan, Cuba and North Korea.
The US Congress had earlier announced that such exemptions from
its sanctions against the said countries are permitted, but the US
Treasure Department had last year reiterated that any kind of
editing, or publication of articles by nationals of those countries
was forbidden by US laws.
The penalty for violators of that law was $500,000 cash, plus a ten
year imprisonment term for the publisher.
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