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State Department refuses to identify the countries that have offered to help with Gulf spill

A number of countries have offered to help the U.S. with the oil spill in the Gulf, but the State Department isn't naming them.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Wednesday that "once we evaluate the offers of assistance as we accept them, we will let you know."

Though State hasn't publicly thanked the countries, Crowley said "between embassies here and posts where these countries have offered assistance, we have already thanked them for their offer and we are evaluating those offers. As we accept those offers, at that point we’ll make that information public."

Though there are reports that there was an offer from the National Iranian Drilling Company, Crowley said there "was no Iranian offer of assistance...We have received no offer from any Iranian entity."

He said the number of countries offering assistance is "something between 13 and 192." (There are 192 member states of the United Nations)

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