Iran has shut down what officials reportedly thought was a branch of the U.S. fast food chain KFC. Iranian media reported that the restaurant, called Halal KFC, opened on November 1 in Tehran only to close a day later.
Police claimed KFC Halal had been operating "under a false license," while the manager of the restaurant said it had nothing to do with the U.S. firm.
"We are part of a brand known as Halal KFC, which comes from Turkey," Abbas Pazuki said. "It belongs to Muslims and its target market is Muslim nations."
Source: Iranian daily Ghanoon
In an e-mail sent to RFE/RL, KFC in the United States confirmed that "No franchise rights have been granted to any party in Iran."
Hard-liners in Iran have been concerned about growing Western influence as several countries in the West are seeking closer business ties with Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal signed with six world powers in July.
With reporting by AFP and dpa
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