Elon Musk has revealed the regime's dissatisfaction with the launch of Starlink internet services in the country, satellites smuggled into the country amid widespread internet shutdowns.
Musk, who owns SpaceX and the Starlink satellite internet service, shared a letter from the regime's leadership during his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister in California on Monday.
During their one-on-one conversation, the American tycoon said it happened at the time when Starlink satellite internet was connected in Iran in a bid to give widespread internet access to the millions affected by state shutdowns.
After the nationwide protests began in Iran last year, triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini in detention, the Iranian government severely restricted internet access for its citizens. In response to the restrictions, which included complete and periodic internet shutdowns and slowing down internet speeds, the US government lifted some restrictions on exporting internet services to Iran, allowing SpaceX to provide satellite internet services in Iran.
In response to the support from US authorities for activating satellite internet in Iran, the spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the action a "violation of Iran's sovereignty" and threatened that such "efforts will not go unanswered."
However, Iran had not previously disclosed it had gone directly to Elon Musk himself to cut off Starlink services. The move was ignored, and after a year, there is still no news of Starlink being cut off in Iran.
In December, the head of the Union of Communication and Telecommunications Devices in Tehran confirmed the entry of 800 Starlink internet receiver devices into Iran and spoke of the "significant growth in the potential use of the devices" in the future.