U.S. officials also seized Fars’ website in 2018, when it was registered as a .com domain. The news agency switched to an Iranian domain of .ir and was back online shortly thereafter – a strategy Press TV said on Tuesday it would follow.
Amir Rashidi, director of digital rights and security at Miaan Group and Iranian technology expert, likened the security action to “a game of Whack-a-mole – you close this area, they open another and it there is nothing they can do. . ”
“The way to fight disinformation is to inform and strengthen independent journalism, by giving the population access to the Internet,” Mr. Rashidi said.
It was not clear how the security operation could affect the nuclear negotiations, which have been underway in Vienna since April.
Diplomats from world powers trying to revive the deal said after meetings in Vienna on Sunday that the talks were progressing, with Russia’s top negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov even predicting a possible breakthrough by mid-July. Negotiators were due to return to their capitals this week to brief their governments on the latest developments.
US and Iranian officials are not negotiating directly, leaving European, Chinese and Russian diplomats to act as intermediaries in the talks, which aim to bring the United States and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. that the United States has left. three years later on the orders of President Donald J. Trump.
President Biden has said joining the nuclear deal is one of his top foreign policy priorities, although his aides largely downplayed any certainty that a deal will be reached.