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To maintain internet access amid power outages, Brinken says the US will "seek ways to facilitate technology services" to Iranians.

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Jennifer Hansler and Kylie Atwood, CNN

US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said on Tuesday that the Biden administration “will definitely look for ways to give the people of Iran access to technology services.”

Anti-government protests have raged across Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in mid-September in the custody of the country’s morality police.

Last week, the US Treasury Department issued a general license to allow companies to provide Internet access services to Iranians without fear of sanctions.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Brinken said the new general license would allow “companies to provide cloud services, privacy technologies, security technologies, hardware, software, etc., so that Iranians can use them not only internally but also with the world.” I will allow you to communicate well.”

“Individual companies can come to OFAC in this case and determine if their technology fits the license,” he added, referring to the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

However, technical hurdles remain as some services require hardware in order to function. Brinken declined to say whether the US would work with companies to physically bring such hardware to Iran. The US and Iran have no diplomatic relations and the US government has no presence there.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that it was up to private companies to “take steps they deem appropriate” to expand internet access in Iran, adding that the newly issued U.S. general license will allow that expansion. It didn’t provide details on whether it made a measurable difference to access.

“The Treasury Department has taken steps to allow additional companies to provide software, hardware, in some cases operated in Iran, through their self-executing capabilities, through a general license,” he said on Monday. said at a press conference.

“Of course, I am not going to talk about what it would take for such hardware to penetrate Iran. It is our responsibility and our responsibility to make sure there are no restrictions on the

In addition to issuing general licenses, the Biden administration last week imposed sanctions on the morality police “for abuse and violence against Iranian women and violations of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters.”

“Martha should be alive today,” said Blinken on Tuesday. “The only reason she’s not there is because the brutal regime took her life and took her life because of the decisions she should make about what she wears and doesn’t wear.”

“Iranian women have the right to wear what they want, to be free from violence, to be free from harassment. That is true in Iran and should be true everywhere,” he said. I was.

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CNN’s Casey Riddle contributed to this report.

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