Oct 22, 2018 14:13 UTC
  • UN agency registers 'Persian Gulf' in official certificate

A senior Iranian official says the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is a United Nations agency, has officially registered the "Persian Gulf Pearl" as a property of the Islamic Republic, implying that the geographical name 'the Persian Gulf' itself has been recognized by the agency.

Seyyed Mehdi Mir-Salehi, a director at Iran's Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade, said during a press briefing on Monday that the pearl had been registered by the WIPO under the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration, to which Iran has been a signatory since 2006.

The official noted that the acknowledgement of that name in the Registration Certificate for the Persian Gulf Pearl indicated the recognition of the name of the body of water as such.

"Hereafter, and based on international law, no country, government, or organization can use another name to refer to the Persian Gulf," he said, according to IRNA.