The United States government has seized dozens of US website domains associated with Iran, according to a national security official.
CNN reported that some users are unable to access sites such as Presstv.com, a state-run Iranian English-language news agency.
When attempting to access it, users see the following message: “The presstv.com domain was seized by the United States government under a 18 USC … Law Enforcement Order by the Bureau of Industry and Security, Export Control Office and the Federal Criminal Police Office. “
Iranian media reported that they blocked the websites of several news agencies. On Twitter, the Press TV account said: â€œIn what appeared to be a coordinated action, a similar message appeared on the websites of Iranian and regional television stations claiming that the websites’ domains had been seized by the United States government. ‘”
The move comes just days after the election of Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi in a process that the US State Department describes as “prefabricated” and not free and fair. All of Raisi’s serious rivals were banned from the race, and the overall turnout was 48.8 percent, the lowest since the Islamic Republic was founded in 1979.
In a press conference on Monday, the President-elect of Iran ruled out a meeting with US President Joe Biden and called on the US to lift sanctions against Tehran and rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran.
According to CNN, the US government’s seizure of the outlets is a potentially provocative move amid talks in Vienna over the 2015 nuclear deal. The sixth round of those discussions – aimed at getting the US back on the deal and Iran back in Bring compliance – was completed over the weekend.
“We have always said in our diplomacy that it is absolutely in our interest to achieve a common return to compliance with the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), precisely because it would enable us again permanently and demonstrably.” Iran receives a nuclear weapon. That was in our interest before the Iranian election. It is obviously in our interests after the election, “said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
“I would like to point out that while Iran will have a new president in the coming weeks, it will ultimately determine Iranian policy on a number of important issues,” Price added.
The Iranian-elect, in response to a question from CNN on Monday, accused the US and the European Union of violating the nuclear deal and called on Biden to lift all sanctions against Iran. He also said his country’s ballistic missile program was “not up for negotiation”.
“My serious suggestion to the United States government is that they return” [to the agreement] in a quick way … that will prove their sincerity … The Iranian people do not have fond memories of the JCPOA, “he said.
Raisi will take office in early August, replacing moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who, according to the constitution, was not allowed to run for a third consecutive term.
He is the first Iranian president to be sanctioned by the US even before he took office in 2019.
The US instigated him for his role in the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988, his involvement in cracking down on the 2009 Green Movement protests, and “managing the oversight of the executions of those who were minors at the time of their crime” the blacklist.
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