Authorities in Tehran have reacted to the launch of the U.S. virtual embassy, by blocking it. The site, which was an attempt to offer a communications bridge between Iranians and the U.S., was dismissed by a senior Iranian politician as an American scheme to recruit spies.
The "virtual embassy" that went online on Tuesday in English and Farsi cannot be accessed by Iranians. Instead they are met with the message "In accordance with computer crime laws, access to this website is not possible" the Economic Times
The U.S. venture has been met with derision by senior politicians in Tehran. Alaeddin Borujerdi said "The opening of the virtual embassy by the US is a new deception by the Great Satan." Ramin Mehman-Parast from the foreign ministry told the U.S. to stop meddling in Iran's domestic affairs, advising Hillary Clinton and other officials to "stop using suppressive methods and exercising dictatorship inside the US and avoid continuing occupation and interventionist policies towards other countries instead of leveling accusations against others." (FARS
Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of Iran's foreign relations committee, went even further. According to Press TV
he said "I believe the establishment of the virtual embassy for Iran is a kind of public call for recruitment of spies by the US.” Saying there was no such thing as a "virtual embassy" he added its existence would undermine the efforts of the Swiss embassy in Tehran that represents U.S. interests.