- Associated Press - Thursday, July 19, 2012

GENEVA (AP) - The head of the U.N. intellectual property agency says it has asked U.N. sanctions officials to review computer equipment it provided to Iran and North Korea.

Thursday’s statement from Francis Gurry comes days after the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee demanded “unfettered access” to U.N. documents about the deal and the U.S. State Department said it was reviewing the aid.

Gurry, the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization, says the review request reflects “the utmost seriousness” with which the agency considers complaints about its assistance to two nations subject to U.N. sanctions.

Gurry says his agency had received legal advice that the aid didn’t contain the type of technology or training prohibited by the sanctions, but he vowed closer cooperation with U.N. sanctions officials going forward.

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