Iran Claims Trump Admin Knocked Regime Mouthpiece Off the Internet

January 24, 2020

Iran is blaming the Trump administration for shutting down the Internet domains of one of its key propaganda mouthpieces.

Iran's state-controlled Fars News Agency on Friday claimed the U.S. Treasury Department shut down international access to its site for running afoul of American sanctions on the regime.

Fars, which has close ties to the ruling regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S.-sanctioned entity, claimed in a post on Twitter that its English-language website was shut down due to new regulations in American sanctions.

"From an hour ago, audience access to the Fars News Agency site has encountered a problem due to being placed on America's sanctions list, and the technical part of [this] News Agency is working to create access for the audience on the domain," the news agency said on Twitter, according to an independent translation of the Farsi language tweet.

The Fars News website was not accessible at its U.S. domain and other international domains at the time of writing. However, a Fars domain registered in Iran remains active and includes reports claiming the United States booted the news agency from the web.

Fars said on its Iranian-controlled site that its international Internet provider notified the outlet Friday that the site is being shuttered due to its addition to the Treasury Department's sanctions list.

The State and Treasury Departments did not immediately respond to Washington Free Beacon requests for comment on whether the claims made by Fars are accurate. The Free Beacon will update this developing report as more information becomes available.

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