US Treasury Says Some Satellite Internet Equipment May Be Exported to Iran

US Expands Exceptions to Sanctions to Help Provide Internet to Iranians

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NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The US Treasury Department issued guidance on Friday to expand the range of internet services available to Iranians despite US sanctions on the country, amid of protests across Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody. .

The Treasury in a statement said it was seeking to increase support for internet freedom in Iran by updating the license after the government on Wednesday cut internet access for most of its citizens.

“As brave Iranians take to the streets to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, the United States is redoubling our support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people,” said Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo.

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“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people be better equipped to counter government efforts to monitor and censor them.”

Adeyemo added that Washington in the coming weeks will continue to issue guidance.

Public outrage in Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death last week showed no signs of abating after days of protests in Tehran and other cities, with demonstrators torching police stations and vehicles on Thursday and reports of attacks on security forces.

Amini, a Kurdish woman, was arrested by Tehran’s morality police for wearing “inadequate clothing” and fell into a coma while in detention. Authorities have said they will investigate the cause of her death.

Internet monitoring group Netblocks said Thursday that a new mobile internet outage has been reported in Iran, where access to social media and some content is strictly restricted. NetBlocks reported on Monday an “almost total” interruption of internet connectivity in the capital of the Kurdish region, linking it to the protests.

Washington has long provided some Internet-related exceptions to its sanctions against Iran, but Friday’s update to the general license seeks to modernize them, the Treasury said.

It includes video conferencing and social media platforms in its covered categories of software and services and grants additional authorizations for services that support communication tools to help ordinary Iranians “resist repressive Internet censorship and surveillance tools implemented by the Iranian regime.” “.

The license also continues to authorize anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-tracking software, Treasury said, and removes a previous condition that communications be “personal” to make it easier for companies to comply.

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Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Editing by William Maclean

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