|Sanctions waived for Iran broadcaster: AP||
TEHRAN – The Obama administration is temporarily waiving sanctions on Iran's state broadcaster, a senior Obama administration official said, AP reported on Thursday.
The move could be seen as a confidence-building measure as the U.S., Iran, and five other world powers prepare to open talks this month on a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
The official said the move comes after the U.S. determined that "harmful satellite interference" was not currently emanating from Iran. The U.S. levied sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting last year.
The official confirmed the waiver on Thursday.
The 180-day broadcasting waiver will allow non-U.S. companies to provide the Iranian broadcaster with satellite services without being exposed to American penalties, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the move publicly by name and thus spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said the actions were reversible if “satellite interference” from Iran begins again. The U.S. will reevaluate the situation in two months.
The waiver is separate from the $7 billion in international sanctions relief Iran secured as part of the six-month nuclear agreement it signed last year with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia. The parties are due to begin a new round of talks later this month, aimed at working out a final agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
It was unclear what the economic impact of the IRIB sanctions waiver would be.
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