August 4, 2021

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Iran Reportedly Warns US Seizure of Websites ‘Not Constructive’ for Nuclear Deal Talks

Tehran has warned that the seizure of dozens of Iranian websites is “not constructive” for the ongoing talks on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, AFP reported.

On Tuesday, American authorities blocked over 30 websites, including PressTV and Al-Alam, for allegedly violating US sanctions.

“Today, pursuant to court orders, the United States seized 33 websites used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and three websites operated by Kata’ib Hizballah (KH), in violation of U.S. sanctions,” the US Justice Department said in a statement.

Both PressTV and Al-Alam were back online within hours, using Iranian domain addresses.

The website of PressTV, which is an English-language news service, read:

“The domain has been seized by the United States Government in accordance with a seizure warrant issued pursuant to 18 USC §§981, 982 and 50 USC 1701-1705 as part of a law enforcement action by the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Following the takedown, PressTV tweeted out a statement, saying “In what seems to be a coordinated action, a similar message appears on the websites of Iranian and regional television networks that claims the domains of the websites have been ‘seized by the United States Government.'”

Back in October 2020, US prosecutors seized a network of web domains they claimed were used in a campaign by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to spread “political disinformation” around the world.


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