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World Iran Alleges U.S. Seized State-Linked Media Sites Amid Heightened Tensions

23:06  22 june  2021
23:06  22 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Iran said Tuesday the U.S. government seized several state-linked news websites, which comes at a time of increased tensions between the two nations, the Associated Press reported.

a group of stuffed animals: TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 21: Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran. © Majid Saeedi/Getty Images TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 21: Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran.

U.S. authorities did not immediately acknowledge the action, and the circumstances of the seizures are not clear.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic's president-elect, judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, said Monday in his first news conference that he will not meet with President Joe Biden. Raisi added that he has ruled out further negotiations with the West over his country's missile program and support for regional militias.

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For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency identified a series of websites taken offline, saying they were seized by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Iranian state-linked websites that abruptly went offline with what appeared to be U.S. seizure notices include state television's English-language arm Press TV, as well as the Yemeni Houthi rebels' Al-Masirah satellite news channel and Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel, Al-Alam.

The notice said that the websites were seized "as part of law enforcement action" by the Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement and the FBI.

Marzieh Hashemi, a prominent American-born anchorwoman for Press TV, told the AP that the channel was aware of the seizure but had no further information.

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"We are just trying to figure out what this means," she said.

Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei are posing for a picture: TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 21: Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images © Majid Saeedi/Getty Images TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 21: Iranian President-Elect Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference at Shahid Beheshti conference hall on June 21, 2021 in Tehran, Iran. Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

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What the Iranian presidential election means for the US and the Middle East .
Hardline conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner of Iran’s June 2021 presidential election in a contest that was widely viewed as predetermined and will have major implications beyond Iran’s borders. President-elect Raisi is the chief justice of Iran’s judiciary and a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Raisi, who will be inaugurated in August, will succeed two-term reformist President Hassan Rouhani. Raisi won an uncompetitive race with 62 percent of the vote against his more moderate opponent and former head of the central bank, Abdolnaser Hemmati.

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