Hold the phone? Games organizers apologize to Iran for apparent gift gaffe

Hold the phone? Games organizers apologize to Iran for apparent gift gaffe

Iran warned South Korea's electronics giant Samsung of "repercussions" today after its delegation to the Winter Olympics was excluded from a handout of free top-of-the-range smartphones to participants. The country's sports officials turned down Rio 2016-themed phones two years ago.

Iran had summoned South Korea's ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over the apparent snub and demanded an apology from Samsung (KS:), saying that its trade relations with Iran would otherwise be "greatly affected".

News reports said 4,000 of the phones were being given to athletes attending the Pyeongchang Games, but that athletes from Iran and North Korea would be excluded because of global sanctions against the two countries.

IRNA reported that Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi was looking into the issue, and was considering whether to block imports of Samsung phones.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose to allow the provision of the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones to four Iranian athletes without the condition of handing them back", an official from the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games said.

Iran, where Samsung has a strong presence on the high street, has sent four athletes to the Games in Pyeongchang.

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Yonhap news agency said the North Koreans at the Games had refused the phones.

"Regarding North Korea, all participants are requested not to take the phones back to their home country but to only use them during their stay in Pyeongchang", it added.

The senior judicial official further emphasized that in case the Samsung Electronics Co. pledges to compensate for "the spiritual damage" it has caused to Iran, a date should be determined and announced to the head office of the company.

Athletes from Iran, also under United Nations sanctions, won't receive the special-edition phones either.

Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone and memory chip manufacturer, is a crucial part of South Korea's economy, with the group's turnover equivalent to a fifth of the national GDP.

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