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Iran to sue Google over dropping Persian Gulf name

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is displayed in the company's New York office. Google is already facing spasms of suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust their personal documents, photos and other digital content to Google Drive, the company's new online storage service. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, the Google logo is displayed in the company's New York office. Google is already facing spasms of suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust their personal documents, photos and other digital content to Google Drive, the company's new online storage service. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

TEHRAN, Iran (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 Arabian Peninsula nameless on its online map service.

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

He tells the semiofficial Mehr news agency 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 Persian Gulf.

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

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