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U.S. virtual embassy to Iran blocked: Iranian media


10:53, December 08, 2011

TEHRAN, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran has blocked a web-based embassy provided by the U.S. government to Iranians only a day after it was officially launched, local Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

In October, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that her country was planning to open a virtual embassy for Iranians by the end of this year, which would provide them with online access to U.S. visa and education information.

Shortly after Clinton's remarks, the Islamic Association Union of Iranian Students vowed to occupy the virtual embassy once it was launched, as what their predecessors did to the U.S. embassy 32 years ago.

Seyyed-Ali Mousavi, secretary of the students' movement said that they would not allow the United States to enter Iran.

On Wednesday, Iranian lawmaker Hassan Ghafourifard said the launch of the U.S. virtual embassy aims at creating a rift between the Iranian people and their government, the state IRIB TV website reported.

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