Iran threatens to sue Google over 'nameless map'

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Iran threatens to sue Google over 'nameless map'

Postby sledge » Wed May 23, 2012 6:17 am

Iran is threatening to sue Google for removing the name of the body of water to the country's south from its online map.

Iran has always called the waterway the Persian Gulf, but neighbouring Arab countries call it the Arabian Gulf, or even just the Gulf.

Recently Google removed the name altogether from its online map.

Iran says it will lodge a complaint or could even sue Google if it does not "correct its mistake".

Iran's foreign ministry says historical evidence shows the water has always been Persian, and that Google's action is part of a foreign plot against Iran.

"If Google does not correct its mistake as soon as possible, we will file an official complaint against Google," the ministry's Ramin Mehmanparast said, adding that many Iranians have protested online against the internet giant.

Tehran has regularly criticised countries or institutions that do not use the term Persian Gulf.

Two years ago it warned airlines using the term Arabian Gulf on its in-flight monitors they would be barred from Iranian airspace.

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