Iran considers partial ban on Samsung after Israeli ad shows bombing of nuke facilities
A commercial in Israel featuring Mossad agents disguised as Iranian veiled women who end up blowing up an Iranian nuclear plant using a Samsung tablet has earned the wrath of the Islamic republic.
The commercial which angered Muslim internet users, now has Iran mulling a partial ban of products manufactured by the South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the Israel-based The Haaretz newspaper reported on Friday.
Head of Majlis Energy Committee Arsalan Fat’hipour told Press TV that Samsung chose to forget the high volume of trade it shares with Iran in effort to move closer to Israel.
Fat’hipour said Samsung’s apology to Iran was “necessary” but it would not be enough to restore relations with Tehran.
The official said that Iranian parliament was considering to cut the country’s trade ties with South Korea for the “insulting” ad which also depicted Iran as a “primitive society.” He said the commercial alluded that Israel was “powerful enough to easily destroy Iran's nuclear facilities or assassinate the country's nuclear scientists.”
In an attempt to contain the issue, Samsung released a statement condemning the production of the commercial by the firm’s Israeli branch.
In the commercial for the Israeli cable TV company HOT, four characters from a popular show called “Asfur” arrive disguised as women near a Iranian nuclear facility, where they meet a bored Mossad agent passing time watching the show on his Samsung tablet.
The Mossad man then shows the various features of the tablet to the characters, when one of them accidently pushes a button which causes the nuclear plant in the background to explode.
In related news, senior officials in Israeli security agencies have told the media that an attack against Iran has to be launched by the middle of this year before the Iranian authorities manage to transfer their uranium-enrichment activities to underground facilities.
Israeli experts said a military attack against Iran will not destroy its nuclear project, but will delay it for two or three years.