Musk could not be reached for comments or clarification regarding Starlink’s clearance to operate in Iran.
Iranians have been protesting over the death of Mahsa Amini last week while in police custody after being arrested by the morality police for wearing “unsuitable attire.”
Musk said on Monday that the company wanted to provide Starlink satellite broadband service to Iranians, and would ask for a sanctions exception.
The U.S. State Department spokesperson added that if SpaceX were to determine that some activity aimed at Iranians requires a specific license, “OFAC would welcome it and prioritize it.”
“By the same token, if SpaceX determines that its activity is already authorized and has any questions, OFAC also welcomes that engagement,” the State Department spokesperson said.