(Persia Digest) – Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has thanked the international community for their offers of help and said that Iran can presently cope with its own resources to manage the earthquake crisis in Kermanshah.

Javad Zarif tweeted: “Heartbreaking images from the earthquake damage and loss of life in Kermanshah (and in Iraq). We are grateful for global expressions of sympathy and offers of assistance. For now, we can manage with our own resources. Many thanks for all offers and we will keep you posted.”

A massive e earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale has shaken parts of Iran and Iraq over the past couple of nights. The earthquake was so severe that it was felt in almost all the western provinces of Iran. The epicenter was on the Iran-Iraq border and the nearest Iranian border town Ezgeleh in Kermanshah.

The latest reports say over 423 people have lost their lives and over 7156 have been injured in Iran alone. Over 200 aftershocks have shaken Kermanshah Province in Iran, some measuring as big as 5 on the Richter scale. Following the quake, world leaders and international organizations have sent their messages to Iran and announced their readiness to send humanitarian aid to earthquake stricken areas.

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