US removes sanctions on computer exports to Iran ahead of next month’s elections


The US government is lifting a ban on the export of electronic devices like computers, cellphones, and wireless routers to Iran. Al Jazeera reports that the decision is aimed at strengthening communication and avoiding government internet controls ahead of next month’s presidential elections. According to a Treasury Department press release, the general license authorizes exports of equipment to individuals, but not to the Iranian government, or “to any individual or entity on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.”

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