U.S. Opens ‘Virtual Embassy’ In Tehran | The State Department announced the opening of the Virtual U.S. Embassy in Tehran today. The Virtual Embassy is an attempt to expand communication with the citizens of Iran “because the United States and Iran do not have diplomatic relations, we have missed some important opportunities for dialogue with you, the citizens of Iran,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The website promotes information about U.S. policy. The U.S. embassy in Tehran has been closed since 1979.