US angered as Tehran blocks 'virtual embassy'


Last week the US state department launched a "virtual embassy" website, but within hours, the Iranian government blocked it to domestic users.

The US says it aims to offer information and foster dialogue with Iranian citizens - but an Iranian spokesman said it was an admission that the US authorities had made "a mistake in turning their back on the Iranian people".

The US embassy in Tehran was closed in 1979 when militants stormed the premises and seized dozens of American hostages.

Karen Zarindast reports.

This video was produced by BBC Persian's Aydin Salehi.

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.