For the record, it mystifies us why certain US agents continued to offer hunts in the face of a widely noted prohibition. We note with relief that the practice appears to have ended at this writing. Our hat is off to Parker for sending us the following letter:
"This is in reply to your letter of January 29, 2004 to the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in which you request a license to travel to Iran for the purpose of acquiring certain Iranian sheep and ibex for display in your private natural history museum. Your letter notes that none of the desired specimens is subject to regulation by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
"Travel to Iran is not restricted under the Iranian sanctions. However, Section 560.201 of the Iranian Transactions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 560 (the "Regulations") prohibits the importation into the United States of any goods or services of Iranian origin or owned or controlled by the Government of Iran, other than information and informational materials. Further, 560.206 of the Regulations prohibits US persons, wherever located, from engaging in any transaction or dealing in or related to goods or services of Iranian origin. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, activities such as purchasing, selling, transporting, swapping, brokering, approving, financing, facilitating or guaranteeing; and it applies not only to US companies, but also to any US persons employed by non-US companies. The proposed importation into the United States of Iranian fauna constitutes a prohibited import of goods from Iran and is outside the scope of current licensing policy.........(continued)