The United States government is reportedly considering new sanctions on Chinese companies that produce surveillance technology and sell it to Iran’s security forces. The sanctions would be imposed due to concerns that the technology is being used by the Iranian authorities to suppress protests and restrict civil liberties. The U.S. government has been critical of the human rights situation in Iran, and the sale of surveillance technology to the country is seen as a threat to those rights. The proposed sanctions are aimed at preventing the sale of such technology and demonstrate the U.S.’s commitment to promoting human rights and freedom globally. The situation highlights the complex geopolitical and economic issues surrounding technology exports and the role of government in regulating these exports.