Iran to sue Google over dropping Persian Gulf name

May 17, 2012

(AP) -- Iran says it will sue Google over dropping the name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps.

The threat comes after the famous search engine left the body of water between Iran and the nameless on its online map service.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says that if Google does not restore the name of the Persian Gulf, it will face "serious damages."

Mehmanparast told the semiofficial Mehr news agency Thursday that Tehran has already warned Google of possible legal action.

Iranians are highly sensitive about the name of the body of water, which has historically and internationally been known as the .

Some Arab states insist on calling it the Arabian Gulf. The issue has stirred up tensions between Iranians and Arabs.

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rwinners
not rated yet May 17, 2012
Well, if there was a country called Persia, it might have a leg to stand on. Not now.
Terriva
not rated yet May 17, 2012
If the name stirs the controversy, then it's logical for Google to remove it from maps completely, rather than to face the legal action of one of countries. BTW Most of territorial watters there belongs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates anyway (1, 2).

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