May 31, 2013
US lifts ban on mobile phones and software for Iran
According to the BBC, the US has eased restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices, software and services to Iranians.
The move is intended to promote Iranians' political freedom, countering what the US describes as Tehran's efforts to "silence its people".
The shift marks the first time Apple's iPhone can be exported legally to Iran.
The US had toughened sanctions in recent years in an effort to force Iran to curb its nuclear programme.
The move comes just weeks ahead of elections in Iran.
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