(Persia Digest) – The CEO of the Intellectual Property Office of Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade has announced that the “Persian Gulf” has been registered with the prefix of “Pearl”.

Mahdi Mirsalehi pointed to the registration of the “Pearl of the Persian Gulf” by The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), saying: “From now on, this gulf is officially registered as the “Pearl of the Persian Gulf” and will only be called “The Persian Gulf”. No country can refer to it by any other name.”

Commenting on the prefix of “Pearl” for WIPO registration, he explained: “If we only registered it under the name “Persian Gulf” it would have turned into a political issue with political dimensions, thus impacting the registration process. Therefore, the prefix “Pearl” was added to the name to depoliticize it and facilitate its registration.”

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He added: “WIPO is a special UN agency registering intellectual properties based on their geographical region. Geographical names or signs can be globally registered here in their intended geographical location.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Persian Gulf is the name of a waterway in West Asia and the Middle East, located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula, along the Sea of Oman.

Although this waterway has always been called the Persian Gulf or the Persian Sea in all international, Iranian, and Arabic historical and geographical documents, yet Arab countries began calling it with the fake name of the Arabian Gulf from the 60s, influenced by Gamal Abdul Nasser’s Pan Arabism ideology. Iran had repeatedly expressed its objections to the Arab countries' misrepresentation of the Persian Gulf’s historic name. Currently, most countries and international organizations continue to officially use the original name of the Persian Gulf.

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