US government seizes dozens of US website domains connected to Iran

“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 firm stated in a declaration, including that “components of the government of Iran, disguised as news organizations or media outlets, targeted the United States to subvert U.S. democratic processes.”

As an outcome, some users are unable to gain access to websites like Presstv.com, which is an Iranian state run English language news outlet. When trying to gain access to, users are seeing the following message: “The domain presstv.com has been seized by the United States Government in accordance with a seizure warrant pursuant to 18 U.S.C. … as part of a law enforcement action by the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Iran’s semi-official Fars News Firm on Tuesday reported the United States had actually obstructed the sites of numerous news firms consisting of Iranian state-run Press TELEVISION.

“The US Admin. Blocked Websites of Several News Agencies & TV Channels, Including Press TV, Al-Masirah, Al-Alam & Al-Maalomah, on Tuesday in A Flagrant Violation of The Freedom of The Press,” Fars tweeted.

Al-Masirah is a Houthi-run outlet and Al-Alam is Iran’s Arabic-language channel.

While it does not clearly state its site has actually been taken, the English language Press TELEVISION account tweeted, “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.'”

Both Press TELEVISION and Fars’ tweets consisted of a picture of a notification stating “this website has been seized” with text stating the domain “has been seized by the United States Government in accordance with a seizure warrant.”

The seizure of the outlets, which a US nationwide security authorities detailed to CNN earlier Tuesday, comes simply days after the election of Iranian hardliner Ebrahim Raisi as the country’s next president in a procedure the United States State Department called “pre-manufactured” and not complimentary and reasonable. All of Raisi’s severe competitors were disallowed from the race and total citizen turnout was 48.8%, the most affordable figure considering that the facility of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

In a press conference Monday, the Iranian President-elect eliminated a conference with United States President Joe Biden and gotten in touch with the United States to raise sanctions on Tehran and rejoin the Iran nuclear offer.

The United States federal government’s seizure of the outlets is a possibly intriguing relocation in the middle of the talks in Vienna about the the 2015 nuclear arrangement. The 6th round of those conversations — focused on returning the United States to the offer and getting Iran back into compliance — finished up over the weekend.

State Department representative Ned Cost informed press reporters Monday that the United States anticipated there to be a seventh round of talks which Raisi’s election would not have an effect on the settlements in the Austrian capital.

“When it comes to our diplomacy, we’ve always said that it is absolutely in our interests to arrive at a mutual return to compliance with the JCPOA precisely because it would allow us to once again permanently and verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he stated. “That was in our interests before the Iranian election. It is manifestly in our interests after the election.”

“I would make the point that even though Iran will have a new president in the coming weeks, ultimately it is Iran’s supreme leader who determines Iran’s policy on a range of important issues,” Cost included.

This story has actually been upgraded with extra details Tuesday.

CNN’s Jennifer Hansler and Hira Humayun added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.