The US Treasury Department extends Iran sanctions waivers to social media platforms, video conferencing and cloud services.
Washington DC – The Biden administration has granted a license to relax sanctions on internet services in Iran, saying the move is intended to “support the free flow of information” for Iranians amid the pandemic. anti-government protests.
The US Treasury Department said on Friday that the decision was made in response to the choking Iranian authorities. Internet access in the country to disrupt protests and “prevent the world from watching the violent repression of peaceful protesters.”
“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people better equipped to resist the government’s efforts to survey and censor them,” Deputy Finance Secretary Wally Adeyemo said in a statement. Father.
The ongoing unrest in Iran was sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini after she was arrested in the capital Tehran for “inappropriate attire” last week.
Iranian police refused Amini was beaten while in custody, but her case has mobilized protests across the country, sparking a global outcry against Tehran.
Earlier this week, internet watchdog NetBlocks noted “almost complete disruptions” to internet service in western Iran and parts of the capital, as well as nationwide restrictions on platforms. social media and networking platforms Instagram and WhatsApp.
“As courageous Iranians take to the streets to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, the United States is doubling down on its support for providing free information to the Iranian people,” Adeyemo said on Friday. .
The US license extends sanction waivers to social media platforms, video conferencing and cloud services, as well as “anti-censorship tools and related software”.
Since former US President Donald Trump approved the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, various sectors of the Iranian economy have been subject to heavy US sanctions.
President Joe Biden is looking for a comeback to the treatywhich has seen Iran scale back its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on its economy, but diplomatic efforts to restore the deal have stalled.
In recent days, Biden and his top aides have expressed support for the Iranian protesters.
“Today, we stand with the brave citizens and brave women of Iran, who are now protesting to secure their fundamental rights.” Biden said UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the US government also impose new sanctions about Iran’s “moral police” over Amini’s death and the subsequent crackdown on protests.
On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed the Treasury Department’s updated permit, accusing Iran of “brutal repression of peaceful protesters” angered by Amini’s death.
“In light of these steps, we will help ensure that the people of Iran are not isolated and left in the dark. This is a concrete step to provide meaningful support to Iranians who demand that their fundamental rights be respected,” Blinken said in a statement.