To Aid Dissent, US Allows Iran Smartphone Sales

Law360, New York (May 30, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. eased trade sanctions on Iran on Thursday to allow the sale of smartphones and personal communications technology to Iranian citizens, saying it wanted to help individuals fight government censorship.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said American companies could now sell smartphones, tablets, Internet services and other means of communication to individual Iranians — a bid to aid citizens against Iran's efforts to "stifle their access to information."

"As the Iranian government attempts to silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world, the United States will continue to...

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