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Iran Closes 'KFC Branch' In Tehran

Source: RFE/RL

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.

Halal KFC in Tehran, which Iranian authorities closed on November 3.
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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

Copyright (c) 2015 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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