Elon Musk''s satellite Internet service Starlink should be licensed in heavily sanctioned Iran, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
In a letter to Yellen, Musk recently stated that SpaceX would provide its satellite-based Starlink internet service to Iran. We urge you to approve the license immediately. In a comment, Musk called for the exemption.
Representatives Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, and Tom Malinowski, a Democrat, were on hand for the first time, but they requested that the Treasury clarify its methods to promote communication access in the country''s sanctioned districts, and the Department clarify any necessary comfort letters.
Tenney said in a statement that Congress is urging the Treasury Department to do everything it can to help Iranian people stay connected to the internet. We must reduce bureaucratic red tape and make this happen.
Demonstrations in Iran began last Friday after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young lady who was placed in a coma after Tehran''s so-called morality authorities arrested her for allegedly violating Islamic dress codes. In many towns and cities, demonstrations have been conducted, including the city of Tehran, Yazd, Neyshapur, Esfahan, and Mashhad.
As tensions worsen, Iran''s death toll rises to 17.
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Iranis are coming to the streets demanding justice for Mahsa, according to Malinowski. We must do our best to ensure that Iranians remain connected to the outside world.
Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that the US must do everything we can to assist brave Iranians protesting injustice.
Companies, according to Daniel Tannebaum, are often wary of being exposed to US sanctions even when the service they provide is expressly authorized by the Treasury. This is especially true in cases of highly sanctioned jurisdictions such as Iran.
Tannebaum said in an interview that it has become a business decision based on risk appetite in the room. You must trust that you have the right controls in place to stay on the right side of the exemption.
The Treasury has begun advertising for a top sanctions economist who, according to officials, will assist in combating these kinds of issues.
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