“At a critical moment in the nuclear negotiations, the United States blocked websites associated with Iran.” The New York Times reported on the 22nd that just after the election of Iran’s new hardline president Leahy, the United States blocked 36 Iran-related website domain names.
Agence France-Presse said on the 23rd that the US law enforcement agencies have seized the two major news media controlled by the Iranian government-Iran English News TV and “Flag” TV, as well as the Yemeni Houthi armed satellite TV channel under the Islamic Republic of Iran Radio and Television (IRIB). And other sites. These websites could not be opened normally on Tuesday afternoon. The web page stated that the domain name was blocked by the US government as part of a legal action, and the badges of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce were printed below.
According to the report, a U.S. national security official who asked not to be named said that about 36 websites were blocked, all of which were related to the false information activities of Iran and other organizations supported by Iran. Some websites were also involved in terrorist attacks on American troops stationed abroad. organization. Bloomberg said that some websites took a different approach and resumed operations with new domain names early on Wednesday.
Iran reacted strongly to the blocking of related websites. IRIB condemned the suppression of freedom of speech by the United States, and is working with Israel and Saudi Arabia to “block the support and resistance media that expose crimes committed by US allies in the region.” Nazemi, a spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, said: “Iran rejects this illegal and bullying behavior that restricts freedom of speech and will resolve this issue through legal channels.”
Middle Eastern media reported that this is not the first time the United States has blocked a website linked to Iran. Previously, the U.S. Department of Justice had seized 92 websites allegedly associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran for the same reason.
It is not yet clear how the U.S. blockade of Iran-related websites will affect the talks on the Iranian nuclear agreement that have been held in Vienna since April. According to the Jordanian “Tomorrow Daily”, at this critical moment, the US action will only make the negotiation atmosphere tense, and even affect the established negotiation plan and pace. This move by the United States may be aimed at the tough speech just made by the new Iranian president, and objectively, it will have a negative effect that will not help the Iranian nuclear talks.