Iranian media report that the Iranian government plans to ban from its
waters ships whose names include only the word Gulf instead of Persian
State television quotes a ports official Monday as saying
that unnamed countries were making "mischievous attempts to change the
true name of the Persian Gulf." The official said vessels with such
vaguely worded names would be prevented from reaching Iran's southern
Some nations refer to the body of water between Iran and
Saudi Arabia as the Arabian Gulf.
The Press TV report said certain
Arab countries that lie along the Gulf have intensified their efforts
to change what it called the waters' "ancient designation."
between non-Arab Iran and its neighbors have become somewhat more
pronounced in recent weeks, as officials speak out about what they see
as a potential Iranian ascendancy in the region.