US government seizes dozens of domains from US websites linked to Iran
Some users cannot access sites like Presstv.com, which is an English-language news media operated by the Iranian state. When attempting to access it, users see the following message: “The domain presstv.com has been seized by the United States government pursuant to an 18 USC seizure warrant … as part of ‘law enforcement action by the Bureau of Industry and Safety, Office of Export Enforcement, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. “
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday that the United States had blocked the websites of several news agencies, including Iranian state-run Press TV.
“The US administration blocked the websites of several news agencies and television stations, including Press TV, Al-Masirah, Al-Alam and Al-Maalomah, on Tuesday in a blatant violation of press freedom,” he said. Fars tweeted.
While not explicitly saying that its website was seized, the English-language Press TV account tweeted: “In what appears to be coordinated action, a similar message appears on the websites of Iranian and regional television networks. who claim the domains of the websites. were “seized by the government of the United States”.
The Press TV and Fars tweets both included a photo of a notice saying “this website has been seized” with text indicating that the domain “has been seized by the United States government pursuant to a seizure warrant. “.
When asked about the seizure of the sites, State Department spokesman Ned Price fired reporters on a conference call to the Justice Department, which did not immediately comment.
In a press conference on Monday, the Iranian president-elect ruled out a meeting with US President Joe Biden and called on the United States to lift sanctions against Tehran and join the Iran nuclear deal.
The seizure of market opportunities by the US government is a potentially provocative move amid talks in Vienna over the 2015 nuclear deal. The sixth round of those talks – aimed at bringing the US back to the deal and handing it over Iran in compliance – ended over the weekend. Price told reporters on Monday that the United States expected a seventh round of talks and that Raisi’s election would not impact negotiations in the Austrian capital.
“Regarding our diplomacy, we have always said that it is absolutely in our interest to achieve a mutual return to respect for the JCPOA precisely because it would allow us to once again permanently and verifiably prevent the Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, “he said. “It was in our interest before the Iranian election. It is clearly in our interest after the election.”
“I would like to stress that although Iran will have a new president in the coming weeks, it is ultimately Iran’s supreme leader who determines Iran’s policy on a series of important issues,” Price added. .
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler and Hira Humayun contributed to this report.